Center for Innovation Research
Through the Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Initiative, iLabs conducted a major empirical survey of 25-34 year olds who had some college experience but did not graduate. This survey was part of a larger program to increase the number of Michigan residents with college degrees.
Michigan has the third largest percentage of young adults with some college but who did not complete their degree. The survey approached this group as previous buyers of education and sought a better understanding of why they left college, their likelihood of returning to complete their degree, their past experiences, and what factors might influence their return to college.
The findings were presented to the Talent Team Committee, a dynamic and diverse group of college administrators, faculty members, nonprofit leaders, and state government officials led by UM-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little and Eleanor Josaitis, co-founder of Focus Hope, in cooperation with the Detroit Regional Chamber.