Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What Factors Affect Students to Enroll in AAS Technical Programs?

A report on a recent study commissioned by OP-TEC provides enlightenment on what is needed to help colleges recruit more students.

It is based on interviews with 70 "new students" at six colleges throughout the USA to determine what factors affected their decision to enroll in photonics  technician AAS degree programs  The results are revealing & somewhat unexpected, particularly the low influence of the high school counselor. I personally think that the implications go beyond photonics, to most all the technical areas served by ATE. The paper can be accessed and downloaded from the OP-TEC web site . If you don't have time to read the entire paper, just go to the charts of results; it may surprise you. Here are a few examples: