Building an education-to-employment system that supports all Americans won’t be an easy task. But for millions of people working toward purpose-filled, prosperous lives, it’s an essential one. Through strategic philanthropy, engagement with policymakers, investments, and solutions and services — all informed by the latest research —we can create large-scale change. That’s our network effect.
Since 2014, we have advanced our mission through more than $120 million in strategic philanthropy, partnering with people and organizations developing promising and scalable models for education and workforce success. We engage directly with governors and other policymakers to connect education and employment, helping them to build a skilled workforce aligned with promising career pathways in their states.
While researchers at the Strada Institute for the Future of Work study how best to prepare people for a rapidly changing workplace, our Center for Education Consumer Insights team is partnering with Gallup to create the nation’s largest data set of education consumers’ perspectives on the value of their education.
Through our affiliate organizations, we deliver an array of solutions and services to individuals and institutions, supporting students and workers as they pursue education and careers and helping employers build talent pipelines for the future.
Spring 2022 enrollment numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse reveal a fifth straight semester of enrollment declines, with more than 1 million fewer students enrolled compared to spring 2020
The $4 million challenge funds community colleges and their local employer partners that are innovating to meet regional workforce needs, boost employment and earnings outcomes for students, and drive enrollment for community colleges.
Phase 2 allows Taskforce members to seek up to $1.5 million ($6.25 million total) to expand efforts to connect education to employment.
Higher education’s measurement of student success is in the midst of an evolution. For nearly five decades, success efforts focused on access, then two decades with completion as the horizon for success, and now the focus is extending to student outcomes beyond completion.
At the innovative Rochester campus of the University of Minnesota, our vision is to “inspire transformation in higher education through innovations that empower graduates to solve the grand health challenges of the 21st century.”
Ducks Rise: Empowering Underrepresented Minorities and Low-Income Students Through Research Internships and Intentional Student Experiences
Developing In-Demand Skills Among Undergraduates for Better, More Equitable Post Completion Outcomes
Access to college isn’t enough. Neither is completion of degrees. It’s time to focus on outcomes
When Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott became president of Chicago State University in 2018, things were in pretty dire straits: The state budget had been slashed, operations rolled back, and the university had gone years without permanent leadership.
Our Mission is to Improve Lives by Forging Clearer and More Purposeful Pathways Between Education and Employment. We Seek to Understand Learners’ Needs Our research seeks to understand what students value about their educational experiences so we can better understand how to help them succeed through and beyond completion of certificates and degrees. We Support …
Credit for prior learning helped Loyce Shelley see herself in a new way — and complete her degree.
Work and Education Research
Applied connections between education and work are increasingly a part of undergraduate education in the United States.
Millie Garcia understands the needs of first-generation college students because she was one. Now, as president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Millie advocates for students just like herself — a group she calls “the new majority” (low-income students, first-generation students, and students of color). She shares what she’s learned about the importance of diversifying higher ed, from students and faculty to the highest leadership positions on campus.
Disparities in securing paid internships persist for women, people of color, first-generation college students, and students with low incomes — even when taking into account their fields of study
Even before the pandemic, employers struggled to find the skilled labor they needed to fill jobs.
The labor market in the United States faces seemingly contradictory challenges: Many employers have trouble finding qualified applicants for current and future jobs, while millions of Americans are out of work or are underemployed—their paths to living-wage jobs blocked by systemic barriers or lack of adequate skills.
Two centuries after the first historically Black colleges and universities were founded, the 101 accredited HBCUs in operation today continue to deliver on their legacy of expanding educational opportunity for Black students that leads to successful and fulfilling lives.
Americans are quitting their jobs at unprecedented rates, leaving millions of job openings and no one to fill them. The Great Resignation is likely motivated, at least in part, by the pandemic. But this trend speaks to a broader disconnect between employer needs and employee wants — a trend that’s been worsening for years now. Michele Chang, from the U.S. Department of Commerce, explains what the federal government is doing to help workers and employers address this.
The origin story of Grow With Google, like so many initiatives at the global technology company, begins with data.
As a field, higher education has experienced a continuing evolution in how to measure success. For nearly five decades success efforts were focused on access, followed by the past decade and a half pursuing completion, and the field now has a growing focus on the value of a degree and student outcomes beyond completion.
Strada Education Network announced today the winners in the initial phase of a $10 million grant challenge aimed at helping higher education institutions identify and expand new solutions that will improve career and life opportunities for more students of color, first-generation students, those who struggle to afford education, and adult students and workers.
$10 million grant challenge to improve equitable student outcomes beyond college completion.
Recent Strada research points to a striking disparity between first-year students’ aspirations for career planning in their undergraduate years and seniors’ actual experiences.
Strada’s prior research on undergraduate perceptions of the value of their education demonstrates that students value their education most when they receive support to connect their education and career interests.
NSSE and Strada researchers identify gaps in social capital development in 2021 NSSE career preparation data
We know a college degree is required for many jobs in the United States. Yet nearly two-thirds of Americans never earn a degree. Google’s Lisa Gevelber, chief marketing officer for the corporation’s Americas region, says short-term credential programs could be the key to improving career opportunities for more people — and they might even create a more equitable labor market in the process.
More than 18 months into the pandemic, the employment headlines can seem like an algebraic riddle: If U.S. employers are seeking workers to fill 10.9 million jobs, how can 8.4 million workers be unemployed?
In the wake of historic pandemic-related enrollment declines, postsecondary institutions have responded by developing and expanding innovative approaches to engaging learners.
Economist Beth Akers insists she’s not a college debt crisis denier. College is expensive — more than double the cost today compared to the 1980s. And too many students pay too much for it, she said, not only in relation to what they can afford now, but also to what they will earn after graduation.
Is the so-called “student debt crisis” really a crisis? Author Beth Akers brings an economist’s view of postsecondary education’s return on investment and says, on average, college is still worth the price — if you do it right.
Recognized Economic and Workforce Development Leader to Join National Nonprofit in January 2022