Why Do 60%+ of College Students Drop Out of STEM Programs - Student Research Foundation

Why Do 60%+ of College Students Drop Out of STEM Programs?

In a post she wrote for the Greatschools.org blog on March 10, 2014 (“Does our approach to teaching math fail even the smartest kids?”) Carol Lloyd notes that according to a study conducted by UCLA, as many as 60% of all college students who start a STEM major in college drop out. Read more

Steps High School Juniors Can Take Right Now to Prepare for College Admissions

As the 2019 holidays start, it is worth asking what the high school juniors you know can and should be doing now to get ready to apply to colleges.

If you think it is too early to get started – or if you think you shouldn’t expect your kids or students to do more than have another helping of turkey or hang with their friends – perhaps you should think again. You certainly don’t want to overburden juniors with too many stressful tasks. But the fact remains that the right activities now can make the rest of their junior years less stressful – and help them get into the right colleges next year. Read more

What Courses Offer the Fastest Path to a Job Today - Student Research Foundation

What Courses Offer the Fastest Path to a Job Today?

There are economic times when students can afford to start college, take two years to explore different majors before selecting one, and then stay in school for a few more years before they graduate and start looking for their first jobs.

But in recessionary economies like the one we may be entering soon, more students want to get their studies done and enter the working world as quickly as possible. Many of them want to spend just a year or two at a community college. Others attend trade schools and jump quickly into the workforce. Read more

How Moms and Dads Can Help their Kids Discover the Right Career Options - Student Research Foundation

How Moms and Dads Can Help their Kids Discover the Right Career Options

Thoughts for Mother’s Day 2019 . . .

Happy Mother’s Day! All of us at the Student Research Foundation want to express our appreciation for the critical role that mothers – and fathers – play in shaping their children’s career choices.

But what kind of influence can parents really have on the way their high school-aged children are thinking about careers? It turns out, a great deal, as research conducted by the Student Research Foundation has found. Read more

High School Students Are Thinking about STEM Careers in the Wrong Ways - Student Research Foundation

High School Students Are Thinking about STEM Careers in the Wrong Ways

In 2015, Ranstad US asked 1,000 students ages 11-17 what they knew and thought about STEM careers. The results of the survey, which were published in 2017, showed that most students in that age group are harboring misconceptions about what it means to pursue a STEM career. Read more

How Valuable Is an Associate's Degree - Student Research Foundation

What Are the Top-Paying Two-Year Degrees?

Money isn’t everything. But if you or a student you know is interested in starting to work in engineering or a related field after only two years of college, it is worth knowing which jobs promise the highest earnings. Read more

Helping Students Choose a Major - Student Research Foundation

Helping Students Choose a Major

In the US alone, there are a significant amount of students that end up changing their majors in college. The Student Research Foundation reported on statistics of students who entered college in 2011-2012 and shifted to another course sometime during their time at college. Here are some of the popular fields: Read more

Does It Make Sense to Transfer Colleges when You Declare Your Major - Student Research Foundation

Does It Make Sense to Transfer Colleges When You Declare Your Major

Stella is a college sophomore who just decided to major in psychology. “I fell in love with it as soon as I took an intro to psych course in my second semester of freshman year,” she tells us. “The problem is, now I would like to transfer to a school that has a better psych program.” Read more

What Can You Do with a Music Degree - Student Research Foundation

What Can Students Do with a Music Degree?

The Yale School of Music, an elite tuition-free program for performers, composers, music historians and other musical specialists, recently convened a symposium on music education in schools. The result was a statement that the School published, “Declaration on Equity in Music for City Students.” Two sections of that declaration are, “We call for every student in every city to have access to a robust and active music life” and, “We call for changes in the development, training, and support of music educators and teaching artists.” Read more

How Google’s Expanded College Search Will Affect Colleges and their Applicants - Student Research Foundation

How Will Google’s Expanded College Search Affect Colleges and their Applicants?

If you Google the name of a college or university today, you will be surprised to discover that a lot more information appears than did only a few months ago. That is because Google is now putting up a lot more data about American Colleges and Universities, some of which comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Google is also serving up a variety of data about colleges that it appears to have generated internally. Read more