Completion With a Purpose Blog

Working-Class Adults: An Untapped Market of Education Consumers

Colleges and universities, the institutions that have historically defined higher education in America, are apprehensive over the prospect of declining cohorts of newly minted high school graduates that have flocked to their campuses in growing numbers for decades. The writer William S. Burroughs once said “If you’re not growing, you’re dying,” a truth higher education administrators have undoubtedly taken to…

Intertwining Education and Career Paths Keeps Lifelong Learners Skilled and Employed

Over the past three years, the Consumer Insights team at Strada Education Network has partnered with Gallup to interview more than 300,000 Americans between the ages of 18-65 about their expectations and experiences with post-high school education. Talking to a wide swath of people from all educational levels and from all racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds, we have learned…

Fostering Collaboration to Strengthen Hawaii’s Talent Pipeline

Maui County Pilot Creates Pathway to In-Demand Healthcare Jobs Through Strada’s recent work in the state of Hawaii, industry collaboration is driving innovation and strengthening the talent pipeline in Maui County’s healthcare system with an ambitious goal in mind: bring key stakeholders together to improve health outcomes for residents of the islands while creating pathways to in-demand healthcare careers for…

Meeting of Mega-Universities and Online Educators Provides Clues About What Online Learning Might Look Like in the Future

It’s now been seven years since The New York Times dubbed 2012 the “Year of the MOOC (massively open online course).” Since then, online learning has evolved, but not in the ways that were predicted. Recently, there have been promising signs that online education could still change the game. YouTube has already become the most widely used platform for independent…

Online Learning Expands Access, but Our Focus Must Remain on Student Success

Two striking trends in American higher education are on a collision course. A worrisome number of undergraduates — more than six in ten — fail to complete their degrees on time. Meanwhile, the explosive growth of affordable, convenient online offerings is dramatically expanding college access for the very students most at risk of dropping out. In other words, online learning…

Jackie Robinson Foundation-Strada Scholars Inspire Hope for Our Future

NEW YORK – I’m a great admirer of Jackie Robinson, the sports legend, civil rights activist, and American hero best known for breaking through Major League Baseball’s color barrier. But after spending time recently at the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Mentoring and Leadership Conference, talking with JRF-Strada scholars, I am even more inspired by his legacy – a group of young…

Measuring College Value: The Important Role of Minority-Serving Institutions

At Strada Education Network®, we’re interested in supporting all students on their education-to-career journey and we are fortunate to have great partners in this work – partners who understand the value of engaging with students wherever they are on that journey and supporting their success. Many devoted educators have worked for decades to address the challenges their students face, developing…

Strada Invests $8 Million in Innovative Projects Connecting Education to Employment

In our mission to improve the pathway between education and employment, Strada Education Network is dedicated to leveraging the most up-to-date research to inform our philanthropic decisions, based on what’s working, what deserves a chance to prove itself, and what has the greatest potential to scale and make real progress. That’s why I’m so pleased to announce today our latest…

Mentors Matter: Students Value Advice and Guidance from Faculty and Employers

January is National Mentoring Month and students have a message for faculty and employers: Your advice and influence matters. Perhaps more than you realize. Career mentoring is more important than ever in helping learners of all ages and stages navigate pathways between education and employment. Everybody needs the support of a mentor, from young adults entering the workforce to adult…

Three Questions for Strada Education Network’s Beth Bean

Thanks to support from Strada Education Network, Ithaka S+R published Mapping the Wild West of Pre-Hire Assessment: A Landscape View of the Uncharted Technology-Facilitated Ecosystem earlier this month. We asked Beth Bean, Vice President, National Engagement, Philanthropy and Policy at Strada Education Network, to tell us more about the organization’s focus on education-to-employment transitions. Strada Education Network has made innovative…