November 16, 2022

At a time when public confidence in the value of education is declining and enrollments are decreasing, one group that has a special understanding of the full value of their education is alumni. They have critical insights into how their education experiences have enriched their lives in ways that go beyond dollars and cents.

Join Strada researchers and guest panelists at 2 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 16 for the public release of findings from the 2022 Strada Outcomes Survey, a nationally representative survey of 3,230 bachelor’s degree holders who completed their undergraduate degrees in the past 20 years. Learn how alumni view the value of education in their lives after graduation — including whether their college experience helped them fulfill their goals, whether it was worth the cost, and the impact that education has had on their career and life. 

The findings are eye-opening: Alumni who developed key skills during college earned about $8,700 more in their first year after graduation than peers who reported low levels of skill development through college. Alumni who developed skills in college  are also more likely to report noneconomic benefits.

The webinar panel will be moderated by Ruth Watkins, president of Strada Impact and former president of the University of Utah. Strada Managing Director of Research Nichole Torpey-Saboe will present the findings, and the expert panelists joining the discussion will be Michael Rao, president of Virginia Commonwealth University; Danita Brown Young, vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and Brandee Popaden-Smith, director of Work + Learn at Arizona State University.

For a generation, America’s primary metrics for evaluating higher education’s success have focused on access and, more recently, completion. Now, as we look to post-completion outcomes, this discussion of learnings from alumni, researchers, and practitioners will provide insights on how to ensure higher education fulfills its promise of full value to all students.

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June 28, 2021
Examining the Value of Nondegree Credentials

The number of organizations offering nondegree credentials is proliferating, and interest from learners in these credentials — certificates, certifications, and licenses — is growing. But even though these credentials are now in the spotlight, we have relatively sparse data on outcomes. To provide more understanding, through a Strada-Gallup survey we asked more than 14,000 adults across the nation about earnings, job satisfaction, and perceptions about the worth and benefits of nondegree credentials. This month’s Strada Public Viewpoint release compares learner outcomes across degree, nondegree, and combined pathways. By examining programs of different lengths and the experiences of different populations, we aim to provide insights that inform our understanding of the value and potential limitations of nondegree credentials. Join Strada researchers and expert panelists at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 28, for a discussion about the findings and implications for the field. As part of the ongoing Strada Public Viewpoint research started in March 2020, Strada Education Network has talked to tens of thousands of people in the United States about their experiences with work and education during the pandemic. The research is intended to inform education and training providers, policymakers, and employers who are helping people complete valuable and purposeful education pathways.