How will the next generation of students approach the college search and selection process?
Share your insights during an upcoming #NACACreads discussion of Generation Z Goes to College. Special guest and author Meghan Grace will take part in the Twitter chat and address how this new cohort of students views higher education.
Editor’s note: A version of this post was originally published on Admitted in December 2015.
For Gail Grand’s students, the college search process is about more than just picking a campus.
Teens complete an aptitude and interest test and explore careers before ever submitting applications. The strategy is a smart one.
Fewer than four in 10 college students graduate in four years, federal data show. And as tuition rates continue to grow, extra years in school can often mean additional debt.
Tapping into resources like the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) helps teens make wise college choices, said Grand, an independent college counselor based in California’s Westlake Village. It also increases students’ likelihood of graduating on time, she noted.
Good news is on the horizon: US employers plan to amp up their hiring in the coming months, and they’re looking for college grads.
Hiring of degree holders is expected to increase by 23 percent in 2016-17, according to a recruiting trends study conducted by Michigan State University.
“Our report shows that the hiring of college graduates has been moving at warp speed for the past two years,” Phil Gardner, survey author and director of the university’s Collegiate Employment Research Institution, said in a press release. “And signs in the early fall of 2016 point again to another explosive year of hiring.”
In recent years, a growing number of low-income and minority students have enrolled in for-profit colleges.
A new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University and State University of New York at Buffalo highlights just how harmful that decision can be for students of color.
Researchers who followed 150 low-income black students from Baltimore discovered that those who attended for-profit colleges ended up with more debt and with fewer job prospects than their peers who attended nonprofit institutions.