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Research: Today’s Disengaged Learner is Tomorrow’s Adult Learner

Research Key Findings
Why do students leave higher ed and how do we get them back?

To address this question, StraighterLine and UPCEA (University Professional and Continuing Education Association) conducted a critical empirical research study profiling the disengaged learner to better understand their situations and motivations in relation to higher education. The study focused on individuals who have college credits but are no longer attending to identify why they stopped out and what motivates them to re-engage.

So who are some of the disengaged learners in higher education?

  • 55% are millennials
  • 63% are women
  • 65% make < $50K per year
  • 51% work full time

View the study's key findings to learn:

  • Who are higher ed’s disengaged learners
  • What causes them to disengage
  • Which students are most likely to re-engage and why
  • What retention strategies and tactics are most effective

Interested in diving deeper into the research findings? Download the comprehensive research white paper.