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Some College and No Degree

How individuals who attend and don’t graduate feel about education

December 17, 2019

Over the past 20 years, more than 31 million students have enrolled in college and left without receiving a degree or certificate. Re-enrolling this “some college, no degree” population is at the center of many states’ plans for boosting the educational attainment of their population.

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Veterans Without Degrees

The Benefits and Opportunities of Certificates and Certifications

October 8, 2019

United States military veterans are far more likely than non-veterans to hold non-degree credentials, including certificates and certifications. Therefore, veterans are particularly harmed by the current lack of recognition, transparency, transferability and stackability of nondegree credentials. In addition, the veteran population is especially likely to have education and training experiences outside traditional education institutions.

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Great Jobs. Great Lives. (Gallup-Purdue Index #3)

The Value of Career Services, Inclusive Experiences and Mentorship for College Graduates

December 7, 2016

More than half of college graduates say their institution’s career services offices were “unhelpful” or only “somewhat helpful,” according to the Gallup-Purdue Index 2016. The findings suggest it’s not enough for a college or university to simply offer career services; rather, it’s the quality of the interactions taking place that matter.

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Americans Value Postsecondary Education

The 2015 Gallup-Lumina Foundation Study of the American Public’S Opinion on Higher Education

April 12, 2016

To contribute to the dialogue surrounding postsecondary education in the U.S., Lumina and Gallup gauge the American public's opinion on the most pressing issues facing higher education today, including cost, access, quality and workforce readiness. This study can help inform what thought leaders and all Americans need to know about the value and opportunity that quality higher education affords.

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College Presidents: Pell Grant Students Lag in Degree Completion

February 22, 2016

While Federal Pell Grants are instrumental in helping millions of low-income college students pay for higher education, a new Gallup survey of university and college presidents shows that recipients of Pell Grants are lagging well behind other students in completing their undergraduate degrees—and that less than half of these students are graduating on time.

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Minority College Graduates Report

A Report from Gallup and USA Funds

October 26, 2015

Do graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities have better college experiences? Yes, says a study from USA Funds and Gallup. The study reports that Black graduates of HBCUs are more than twice as likely as Black graduates of non-HBCUs to feel supported by their college experiences, believe college prepared them for the real world, and be engaged at work after graduation.

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Postsecondary Education Aspirations and Barriers

The 2014 Gallup-Lumina Foundation Study of the American Public's Opinion on Higher Education

April 16, 2015

An overwhelming majority of Americans continue to believe that having a certificate or degree beyond high school is important to our success as a nation and as individuals. But, according to new results released today from the annual Gallup-Lumina Foundation Poll on Higher Education, Hispanics and African Americans believe most strongly in the power of postsecondary education to help deliver good jobs and a better quality of life.

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Great Jobs, Great Lives

A study of more than 30,000 college graduates across the U.S.

October 8, 2014

The inaugural Gallup-Purdue Index (GPI) finds that to meet the talent demands of our nation we need a higher education system that is student- and learning-centered, producing students with good lives and good jobs. The GPI is a new and unique tool that will help institutions improve and accomplish these outcomes. The study also finds that students who were closely engaged with faculty or participated in an internship-type program were more likely to be engaged at work and have high well-being.

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Black College Grads More Likely to Graduate With Debt

Black graduates have lower levels of well-being than other college graduates

October 1, 2014

Black college graduates take on significantly more education debt than their White counterparts, says this study by Gallup. The report shows that half of Black students who graduated from 2000 to 2014 graduated with more than $25,000 in debt. By comparison, 34 percent of White graduates reported similar levels of debt.

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What America Needs to Know About Higher Education Redesign

The 2013 Lumina Study of the American Public's Opinion on Higher Education and U.S. Business Leaders Poll on Higher Education

February 25, 2014

When it comes to hiring employees, business leaders say the knowledge and skills of job candidates far outweigh where they attended school or their college major. This and other findings are part of the third annual Gallup/Lumina Foundation poll on why America’s higher education system needs to be redesigned.


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