2017 College Track Social Mobility Report 2017 Social Mobility Report | Page 3
Why measure upward
At College Track, we believe that a benefit students beyond our cohorts and
successful career, economic security, and opportunities for recent graduates.
college degree is the gateway to a
unlocking the potential in every student.
start a broader conversation about career
To that end, we survey our graduates to Given that most of our alumni are
and to discover whether certain patterns upward social mobility as the ability
gain more insight into this assumption
in college correlate with more successful
career outcomes. College Track’s
commitment of 10 years to each student
gives us a unique advantage from many
educational groups that do not yet follow
students over this length of time – from
the end of middle school to post-college
careers. We measure upward social
mobility in our students because equity
matters, both in education and in the
working world. We hope our findings
about the factors that helped students
reach better post-college outcomes can
recent college graduates, we define
to find employment within six months
To gain more insight on the factors that
may have helped certain students reach
better post-college outcomes, we also
4Whether having a part-time job in
college hampers career outcomes.
of graduating college combined with 4Whether having several
we asked: career outcomes.
economic security. In Winter 2016,
4How long did it take you to
get your first job?
internships correlates with better
4The point at which debt negatively
impacts a student’s ability to repay.
4How much did you earn at that
4Did you feel you earned enough to
provide for your basic needs?