What Makes Interests So Interesting?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the 6-year graduation rate for first-time, full-time undergraduate students was just 59 percent.

This means that less than two-thirds of undergraduate students completed a bachelor’s degree [within six years] at the same institution where they started. One of the key steps identified by Complete College America is that students need opportunities to evaluate their interests. But why interests?

Focusing on interests to drive educational success is backed up by many years of research and studies. For example, a study on business students published in the Journal of Southeast Asian Research revealed that ‘interest in the subject’ is the most dominant factor influencing career choices... lack of interest in the subject is dangerous and could end up in disastrous results. A student that doesn’t see nor have a plan for the future is less likely to persist, and thus less likely to graduate.

Download the 6-page white paper where we cover the following topics:

  • The case for defining interests as emotions
  • Why interests are more predictive than ability and personality when it comes to income, degree attainment, college persistence and other success factors
  • The relationship between interests and engagement which drive persistence and completion
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