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What are barriers and opportunities for reengaging the Some College, No Degree population?

Empirical research conducted by StraighterLine and UPCEA investigates the experiences, perspectives, and motivations of the Some College, No Credential population to help determine how colleges and universities can encourage and aid their return to higher education.

The study provides insight into:

  • Top reasons students disengaged from original degree programs
  • Likelihood of pursuing degree completion programs
  • What increases interest in degree completion programs
  • Top reasons for considering degree completion programs
  • Top factors when selecting degree completion programs

Among the key findings, learners highly value credit and credentials for past experiences.

"The research findings shed light on the complex—and often multi-faceted—reasons why individuals discontinue their education in the first place, and what institutions can do to help these learners chart a course back to higher education and long-term pathways to upward mobility. With today’s tight labor market and fast-changing demands of employers, returning students are more cost-conscious and ROI-focused than ever. Not surprisingly, they expect institutions to find ways to offer credit and credentials for their academic, work, and lived experiences, and we owe them no less.” 

Dr. Amy Smith, Chief Learning Officer | StraighterLine