Posted by: Gregory Linton | 05/03/2018

Gallup & Strada Education Network release new report titled “From College to Life: Relevance and the Value of Higher Education”

This report by Gallup and the Strada Education Network is the first in a three-part series examining how college courses affect consumer perceptions of the value and quality of their education as well as their general well-being. Perspectives were gathered from a nationally representative sample of 78,091 adults, ages 18 to 65, who are currently employed and have taken at least some college courses.

Two key questions in the Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey let participants rate the relevance of their courses:

  • You learned important skills during your college courses that you use in your day-to-day life.
  • The courses you took are directly relevant to what you do at work.

Results show that consumers who find their coursework to be relevant in their work and day-to-day living report far better outcomes on quality, cost, and their overall sense of well-being. This pattern holds true for individuals across all walks of life. Coursework relevance is proving to be a critical component of how individuals assess the quality and value of their education. This report should motivate all instructors to examine how they can make their courses more relevant to work and everyday life.


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