New Survey Results: Reconnecting Recent High School Grads With Their Education Aspirations

Posted by Strada Education Network on June 29, 2021

The high school classes of 2020 and 2021 have endured massive disruption to their education. After graduating from a high school experience that was dramatically different from the one they began, many are postponing or canceling their postsecondary education plans — even after, in many cases, applying and being accepted to college.

To better understand the extent of the disruption, Strada Education Network surveyed more than 1,000 graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 who had intended to enroll in education after high school but decided to postpone their plans. They tell us that better guidance on their pathways, support to understand and access financing, and clearer understanding of the connections between education and a career would be the most helpful resources for them to reconnect with their education aspirations.

These findings are based on online surveys conducted from April-May 2021. The research is intended to inform education and training providers, policymakers, and employers who are helping people complete valuable and purposeful education pathways.

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