Is college degree regret a bug or a feature?

2/3 of college graduates would choose a different major if they could do it over again. But is that a bug, or a feature of higher education?

Reported by Education Dive, this new study from BestColleges also shows that while 82% of graduates believe their educational investment was worth it, that students wish they had picked a major more closely aligned with the job opportunities they’re now interested in.

But is that just an inherent reality of a liberal arts education? That learning one thing will open your curiosity to many? And that even the most satisfied students may leave with a “what if” I could have studied that insecurity?

The takeaway? How can we encourage course discovery to make sure students are able to chase their broader curiosities within their chosen degree program, all while making sure we’re preparing them with the hard skills required for career success after college as well?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.