Report Evaluates Degree Completion Factors –

Analysis from several studies has highlighted the issue of college degree completion in the U.S. A recent report by the Apollo Research Institute examines why so many adult students fail to complete college degree programs, along with the factors that contribute to degree completion.

The report considers key factors – such as psychosocial issues and students’ generation – in a survey of 4,446 adults currently or recently enrolled in degree programs.

In examining generational cohorts, respondents are categorized by Baby Boomers—born in 1943-1960, Generation X—born in 1961-1980, and Millennials—born 1982 or later.

According to the report, the most frequent psychosocial issue experienced by respondents in every generational cohort, at 71.3%, was anxiety and stress over college-related expenses. The next most frequent issues were anxiety about not spending time with friends and loved ones (58.5%), worrying about intellectual ability to complete coursework (51.5%), and experiencing stress because classes interfere with normal routine (49.1%).

Additionally, the report found that Baby Boomers most frequently worried about their intellectual ability to complete coursework, while Generation X and Millennials most often felt anxious about not spending enough time with friends and loved ones.

Regarding sources of support, 76% of respondents revealed that support from a spouse or significant other was somewhat important and 78% said it was somewhat effective. Seventy-two percent said support of faculty members was somewhat important, while 76% found it somewhat effective, and 61% found that support from academic counselors was somewhat important, while 64% found it somewhat effective.

Follow Valerie Jones on Twitter @ValerieJonesCMN