• Lila Thomas

2019 State of the Student: Dissatisfied, determined, and ready to be heard

Updated: Sep 23, 2019

Today’s students face tough new realities as education, employment, and politics transform around them.

Today’s students face tough new realities as education, employment, and politics transform around them.


In this report, our second annual study of the “State of the Student” in America – which highlights insights from a poll of over 1,000 students across a representative spectrum of demographics and colleges – we examine the most important issues facing students both on and off-campus, including the cost of education, and explore how students are rallying to address them.


Among our findings, we discovered a discrepancy around how males and females view the severity of sexual harassment issues on their college campuses. We show how a significant number of the student population greatly disapproves of the political status quo and remains determined – and optimistic – to bring about societal change by being exceptionally politically active. College students intend to use their political voices in the 2020 election: 80% intend to vote in the upcoming election cycle.


This report is intended to help policymakers, higher ed administrators, and business people understand more about the issues on the minds of young people in education, and to encourage them to find ways to ensure that we prepare and support our young people for the challenges ahead.   


Read the report.

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