Completion With a Purpose Blog

Students Are Consumers. It’s Time to Treat Them That Way.

This post was first published by Real Clear Education on July 17, 2018. Your opinion matters. Tell us about your shopping experience. No sooner do we pay for coffee or exit an Apple Store, than we are inundated with questionnaires, surveys, or flash polls that solicit our views as consumers. The ubiquity of mobile computing enables retailers to curate products…

Stop Talking and Start Doing: How to Deliver 21st-Century Student Engagement and Education

This post was first published by The Evollution on July 6, 2018. It’s interesting to see the evolution of the conversation within education reform circles. The “college for all” access agenda seems to have had its day. Getting in is no longer enough; many are recognizing the need to get better at the through and out parts, as well. At…

First jobs matter: Avoiding the underemployment trap

This article was first published on June 1, 2018, by The Washington Post.  We all have heard stories of newly minted college graduates working as baristas or selling clothes at Gap. It’s what economists call underemployment: people doing jobs for which they are overqualified. Generally, however, we dismiss the phenomenon as a relic of the recession or a short-term problem…

Building On-Ramps to Student Success

Postsecondary training is an expensive proposition without a guaranteed payoff. To make matters worse, many students find themselves in the position of making large financial investments and never completing a degree, a near worst-case scenario that often leaves individuals with lots of debt and no credential to earn the wages needed to pay back those borrowed dollars. Success requires earning…

Strengthening CTE Opens More Pathways to Success for Students and Employers

This week Congress will vote on a bill to reauthorize federal support for career and technical education (CTE). The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) is a bipartisan effort to elevate these programs in our nation’s schools and community colleges and to better align them with in-demand, skilled jobs. Coming on the heels of…

Do You Regret Your College Choices?

If they had to do it over again, the majority of Americans (51 percent) who pursued a postsecondary education would change their degree type, institution or major. This is one of the most significant findings in a massive new research collaboration between Gallup and Strada Education NetworkSM. Given the substantial amount of time and money Americans invest in…

Empowering the Consumer Voice to Transform Postsecondary Education

Strada Education NetworkSM is proud to partner with Gallup, the world leader in consumer insights, to launch the Education Consumer Pulse. Through 350 daily interviews of U.S. adults aged 18-65, this three-year survey will create the largest set of education consumer insights in the nation to date. We believe understanding the consumer’s perspective is critical to addressing…

What College, University Leaders Need to Know About College Value

Higher education is facing more scrutiny than at any other point in recent history, with federal and state legislators, parents and students demanding more accountability and transparency. This increased attention on higher education has led key stakeholders — students and alumni — to question the value of their degrees. To help stakeholders understand the value of college, and to arm…

New Grads Face New Realities in Launching Careers

It used to be that a college degree was the golden ticket in the job market. As long as students graduated with some sort of credential, a solid job and a clear career track were often waiting for them on the other side. That’s not the case anymore. For sure, a college degree is more important than ever to ensure…

Education Forum Spotlights Value of State Partnerships

The recent Education Commission of the States annual forum helps illustrate how USA Funds® is partnering with governors and other state policy leaders who share our mission of ensuring that students complete their education with a purpose. USA Funds sponsored and participated in the ECS event in Washington, D.C., which included three days of diverse and thought-provoking presentations and…