Why Go to College? Student Perspectives on Higher Ed
Carol D'Amico/Real Clear Education
The consumers of higher education have spoken. Workforce outcomes are, far and away, the driving motivation for pursuing post-secondary education across all ages, races, and degree types.
According to a new Strada-Gallup poll, which surveyed 86,000 students at over 3,000 post-secondary institutions, 58 percent say work outcomes - such as finding a good job with good pay and opportunities for career advancement - are their primary motivation for attending. This is true across all higher education pathways and demographic subgroups.