MyEdu today published a short-form report of our academic research focused on the Academic Journey. This paper presents the results of a quantitative and qualitative research study conducted in Texas with users of our system. The statistically significant survey of college students, and the associated in-depth ethnographic research, indicate four major findings:
- Students do not feel as though they are receiving logistical or emotional support and advice as they make large academic decisions (such as the selection of a major or the desire to change majors mid-stream);
- Students’ large, academic decisions are often made irrationally, based on anecdotal data or on a whim;
- These large, academic decisions are made early in the academic journey, where students may have an incomplete understanding of what they are doing and why they are doing it; and,
- These large, academic decisions have tremendous emotional and financial consequences for students and society.
Fundamentally, the research indicates a divide between the desire of students to explore academia in a flexible manner before committing to a course of study, and the desire of academia to force students through a rigid and rather unforgiving set of procedures quickly and efficiently.