As Strada pursued ongoing research to understand Americans’ experiences with education and work after high school, presidents, chancellors, provosts, deans and faculty approached us seeking more specific and actionable data to guide strategic initiatives and continuous improvement efforts on their campuses. In response, we developed a new survey to measure alumni perspectives on how their education affected their lives and their careers. In addition to the confidential data and reports provided to the more than 60 participating schools, in 2021 we completed a national survey of more than 3,000 alumni to provide insights and benchmarks to the entire field.
Explore results from the 2021 national benchmark study using net benefit scores.*
*Net benefit scores are calculated by subtracting the percentage of negative responses from the percentage of positive responses. The percentage of neutral responses are not included in the score.
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Applied connections between education and work are increasingly a part of undergraduate education in the United States.
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
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.
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.
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
In the wake of historic pandemic-related enrollment declines, postsecondary institutions have responded by developing and expanding innovative approaches to engaging learners.
The baccalaureate degree remains the surest path to economic mobility, employment stability, and a host of associated social benefits.
Courses, faculty receive high marks, but valued education-career connections are less consistent, and females, first-generation, Black alumni are less likely to report successful outcomes