Students: Give Us Courses That Help In the Workplace
Are colleges giving students tools that help them build successful career paths? A new survey points to course relevancy as one of the biggest drivers of student satisfaction. When working people feel their college courses were useful building blocks to career success, positive perception about the value and quality of their institution goes up markedly, according to data collected by Gallup and Strada Education Network.
According to a recent piece by Paul Fein in Inside Higher Ed, the survey covered 78,000 adults who were employed and had taken some college credits. When these respondents reported that their college classes were helpful and relevant to their eventual career choice, they were 63 percentage points more like to strongly agree that their schooling was worth the investment—and they were also more inclined to say that their education was high quality.
“The clarity and strength of these findings tell us that career relevance of courses and experiences is a key driver of consumer assessments of the quality and value of their education,” Brandon Busteed, executive director of education and work-force development at Gallup, said in a statement.