Survey Reveals At-Risk and First-Generation Students See Online Learning as Foundation for Future Success

Anthology survey reveals push-pull dilemma students face balancing work and study, highlights benefits of linking degree programs and careers

Boca Raton, Florida, May 4, 2022 – Anthology, a leading provider of educational solutions supporting the entire learner lifecycle, today announced the results of its 2022 National Student Success Survey: Opportunities to increase student success and career readiness. Findings revealed that students, especially at-risk or first-generation students, want more online learning and administrative support offerings and value a clear link between their study program and their future career.

“Student populations are more diverse than ever, and shaping a student’s learning experience to best fit their life is critical to supporting their academic and professional goals,” said Richa Batra, Vice President of student success at Anthology. “As the global education community tries to understand what learning and career preparation will look like in the post-pandemic era, this survey highlights that providing a personalized online experience will play an important role in the future. .”

Students lean on the internet for learning and support

Nearly four out of 10 students prefer to take asynchronous online classes without a set meeting time. Only 13% of respondents want fully in-person learning. Online courses are even more important for non-traditional students, with about half of students over 25 preferring asynchronous delivery and 70% of first-generation students preferring synchronous or asynchronous online courses. Students also want the ability to meet faculty members virtually, which ranks it number one for virtual support and learning options.

Growing work obligations weigh on school completion

A total of 43% of students identified the ability to finance their studies as a challenge. And more than four in 10 reported a moderate or significant increase in the time they spend working part-time or full-time in a paid position since the start of the pandemic. This highlights the push-pull dilemma for learners who have competing obligations and how mounting financial concerns can potentially derail their learning journey. More than half of students surveyed also noted more time spent on homework and class, which potentially intensifies stress and makes it harder to find the balance needed to complete classes and meet life’s obligations.

The value of a college education and the link between skills and careers

Among students who received information about the careers their degree program prepares them for, 40% noted a positive impact on staying in school. This figure rose to almost 50% for first-generation students. First-generation students were also less likely to recognize getting a better job as a benefit of their education compared to next-generation students. This gap reinforces the need for institutions to continually educate students about the benefits of a college degree, especially first-generation students.

Anthology’s 2022 National Student Success Survey targeted students nationwide currently enrolled in four-year colleges as well as community colleges, with 1,165 students responding to the survey. For more information and to access the report, click here.

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