Students go to postsecondary for more than a job

January 8, 2020

There is a pervasive narrative that has emerged over several years that suggests most students attend college to attain employment. However, Michael B Horn and Bob Moesta argue that such an account fails to capture the complexity of the decision-making process for college students. Analyzing over 200 stories of students’ decisions to attend postsecondary education, the authors discovered that people choose college to “get into their best college, do what is expected of them, get away, step it up, and extend themselves.” “When people say students go to college to get a job, that statement ignores a significant amount of the subtleties that vary depending on a student’s specific situation,” conclude the authors. Inside Higher Ed (International)