How do students navigate educational and career pathways?

Our research provides an in-depth look at how students make decisions about their education and career plans as well as how educational institutions can support students as they navigate these pathways.

Current projects on Student Choices and Pathways
Assessing Pace University’s Efforts to Retain Black and Hispanic Nursing Students

Blacks and Hispanics have long been underrepresented in the nursing workforce and in many other health occupations. Pace University is attempting to address this problem through a program that seeks to increase retention of Black and Hispanic first-generation nursing students. The Rutgers Education & Employment Research Center will evaluate Pace University’s STEPS to Success Program and provide feedback to guide the four-year project, recommending improvements as needed.

Pathways to Science and Engineering Professions: Persistence and Career Choice

What determines whether students pursue bachelor’s or master’s degrees in the biosciences and engineering to later enter careers in these fields? This project will examine the critical choice points in the pathway students take through college and into occupations in these two professions.

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Pathways into Careers in Information Technology: Community College Student Decision Making About Academic Programs and Jobs

Community colleges offer many program and career opportunities in the field of information technology (IT). This project examines how students’ experiences and information resources influence their decision-making and how that evolves over time.

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RU Yes Evaluation

The Rutgers University-Youth Enjoy Science evaluation focuses on evaluating programmatic elements geared toward exposing underrepresented high school and undergraduate students to careers in science that are outside traditional healthcare fields (doctor, nurse, etc). The program focuses on cancer research. It also trains high school teachers in cancer research to give them tools and knowledge to disseminate through their classrooms and curriculum.

Using Labor Market Information to Improve Program and Credential Quality

Higher educational institutions, from community colleges to universities, are increasingly using labor market information to ensure their programs and credentials align with economic trends. This project seeks to understand the many possible ways these institutions are utilizing labor market information.
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Past projects on Student Choices and Pathways
Interstate Passport Program Evaluation

Community college students who want to transfer to a four-year institution often face obstacles in bringing their college credits with them. To address this problem, the Interstate Passport® Program was created to remove obstacles for students seeking to receive credit for general education attainment.

The Rutgers Education & Employment Research Center (EERC) conducted a study of Interstate Passport®, which is the only network of regionally accredited, nonprofit, public and private two- and four-year institutions dedicated to the block transfer of lower-division general education credits.

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Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics Research

Students who major in math in college are often unaware of the many ways the discipline can be applied in real-world situations and the range of career opportunities in the field.

This study includes qualitative research on selected math programs throughout the country to identify best practices for reforming math education and preparing students for math-related careers. The project was conducted by the Rutgers Education & Employment Research Center (EERC), which was contracted by Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics (TPSE Math), an organization dedicated to enhancing math education in two- and four-year colleges.

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CREAR Futuros Evaluation

The CREAR (College Readiness, Achievement and Retention) Futuros 2.0 program was created to address the persistent systemic barriers Latinos face, which often prevent completion of a college degree.

The Rutgers Education & Employment Research Center (EERC) conducted an evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of the peer mentoring program operating on nine college campuses in four states.

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Impact of Mental Health First Aid Training for Fire and EMS

A study using data from a large multi-campus university and student earnings shows that traditional-age students who worked for pay during college earned more on average after leaving college than similar students who did not work.

The Rutgers Education & Employment Research Center (EERC) evaluated the study to consider the implications of these findings for educational policy. 

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Post-Graduate Earnings, Job Security, and Major Choice Survey

To what extent does labor market information influence students’ earnings expectations and choice of college majors? And how does this vary by socioeconomic background?

The Rutgers Education & Employment Research Center (EERC) explored the issue of accessibility of labor market information and its impact on students’ expectations of future earnings and their choice of major. Based on a survey of 3,000 undergraduates at Rutgers’s three main campuses, the study analyzed the impact of accessing labor market information on the students’ earnings expectations and on their college major choices

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Assessing the Impact of Student Work During College

A study using data from a large multi-campus university and student earnings shows that traditional-age students who worked for pay during college earned more on average after leaving college than similar students who did not work.

The Rutgers Education & Employment Research Center (EERC) evaluated the study to consider the implications of these findings for educational policy.

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