Caralyn Baxter grew up filled with dreams of someday competing in the Winter Olympics. As a competitive figure skater, she was heartbroken when her teenage years brought about an unexpected series of injuries-but she didn't let that deter her…
Studies show a positive relationship between innovation and growth. Companies with a higher degree of R&D orientation grow faster than other firms. Further, nations with greater expenditures on R&D as a percentage of GDP also experience faster economic growth.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its employment projections for 2016, forecasting the change of employment by occupation ten years into the future. Included in this analysis is the attribution of each occupation to a specific category of “typical education for entry.” Grouping the employment numbers and estimates by these categories, we are able to see how employment is likely to change across various levels of educational attainment.
For programs less than two years in length, more students have been opting for awards that take less than a year to complete. The NCES tracks two levels of awards lower than an associate’s degree: (1) certificates less than one year and (2) certificates more than one year but less than two years. From 2012 to 2016, completions for certificates between one and two years in length declined 12.6% while completions for certificates less than one year in length expanded 4.9%.
In 2008, PEW Research published a study investigating the reasons people either remain in or move away from their hometown. The study found that—among characteristics measured such as gender, age, race, and family income—the largest difference between those who moved and those who stayed centered around educational attainment. Among the people surveyed, 77% of the college graduates had moved at least once, compared to only 56% of those without college degrees.