Graduate earnings data garners little interest from prospective PSE students: US study

July 13, 2017

A recent US-based study found that prospective PSE students showed limited interest in data about graduate’s labour market outcomes when applying to institutions. For the study, researchers created an informational website that described program-level earnings and other data points, which it then introduced to students at 25 high schools in Virginia. In addition to finding limited use of the tool by students, researchers noticed that the tool did not appear to impact the decisions made by those who did use it. “The rollout of the tool had no detectable impact on students,” according to the study. “Students from schools that received the treatment version of the website did not choose majors with higher average wages or institutions that had higher graduation rates or lower net prices than did students who received the control version.” Inside Higher Ed