The Return on Returning: The Economic Benefit of Degree Completion Programs
Track: Research Track
Many veterans have earned significant postsecondary credit but have not yet completed a degree. Faced with numerous potential degree completion programs promising career advancement, it seems that research on whether such programs payoff must be settled. In fact, this is far from the case. This session will present first-of-its kind research that examines the economic benefit for "near completers" who return to complete a degree. Additionally, the session will chart a path forward for how states, institutions, organizations, and others can carry out further research that would give these potential students - including veterans - better information about the efficacy of these programs and hold those that aren't providing any benefit accountable.