While young people believe education is critical to their future, they’re not always convinced a 4-year degree is the right solution
Amidst a global pandemic, American teenagers remain steadfast in their belief that higher education plays a key role in their future success; however, the paths they are planning to take after high school differ from previous generations.
In fact, more than half are open to something other than a four-year degree and 70 percent want to follow their own educational path.
The statistics were uncovered in two national surveys conducted by ECMC Group, a nonprofit corporation focused on helping students succeed, in partnership with VICE Media. The studies, which polled more than 2,200 high schoolers ages 14-18, were conducted Feb. 25-March 2, 2020, and May 14-20, 2020—before and during the pandemic.