From College to Life: Relevance and the Value of Higher Education

From College to Life: Relevance and the Value of Higher Education

 

Only 26 percent of working U.S. adults with college experience strongly agree that their education is relevant to their work and day-to-day life, a report from the Strada Education Network and Gallup finds. Based on a survey of more than a hundred and ten thousand people between the ages of 18 and 65, the report, From College to Life: Relevance and the Value of Higher Education (24 pages, PDF), found that the more respondents found their college courses to be relevant to their work and lives, the more likely they were to say that they received a high-quality education and that their education was worth the cost. Indeed, relevance was a more powerful predictor of quality and value than demographic characteristics, field of study, or level of educational attainment. Given that those who complete their degree — whether two-year or four-year — find more relevance, value, and quality in their investment in higher education, the report calls for making sure that more students are on a path to postsecondary completion, which includes helping them understand the relevance of their courses to their future jobs and quality of life.