University of Phoenix Survey Reveals Parents are Twice as Likely as
Non-Parents to Head Back to School and 81 Percent Believe a College Degree is
Vital to Career Success
Serving as a role model to their children is a key driver for parents to
return to school
PHOENIX, Feb. 21, 2013
PHOENIX, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Many parents in America are considering
higher education to not only help them get ahead in the workplace, but to also
set a good example for their children. According to a recent survey from
University of Phoenix®, parents are twice as likely as non-parents (60 percent
compared to 30 percent) to consider going back to school.
Parents who have plans to head back to school cite salary (60 percent),
personal achievement (51 percent) and the desire to make their family proud
(46 percent) among the primary factors in deciding if they want to go back to
school. Eighty-one percent of parents believe a degree is important in today's
"It is never too early or too late for either a parent or a child to realize
the importance and value of earning a post-secondary education," said Dr.
Meredith Curley, Dean of the College of Education at University of Phoenix.
"The University has always been dedicated to providing the access to education
that is needed by working adults with families. Evening classes, flexible
scheduling, curriculum that reflects the workplace, campus and online classes
and the ability to enroll throughout the year, are some of the things that
make it possible for adult learners to thrive in the classroom."
Do as I Say … And As I Do
Nearly four-in-ten (39 percent) parents in America say demonstrating to their
children the importance of higher education is key to the decision to earn
their own degree. Perhaps this is why two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans
with children say they are currently or will take an online class to advance
their careers compared to 38 percent without children.
Despite today's difficult economic climate, nearly nine-in-ten (88 percent)
parents say they will encourage their children to pursue a college degree
immediately after high school – either full-time or part-time while they work.
University of Phoenix College of Education offers the following tips for
heading back to school as an adult and talking to children about education:
1. It is never too early to talk to children about education and careers
Many educators are increasingly encouraging career preparation earlier in
students' education and tying real world activities to classroom learning.
Even in elementary schools, teachers are increasingly focused on the real
world applications for concepts learned in class. It is never too early to
talk to children about long-term education and career goals and help them
explore these interests with education-focused projects. Parents can also take
a career-centric approach to their own education.
2. Take a career-centric approach to education
"Whether students are heading to college for the first time or going back to
school to advance their careers, it is important that they approach their
education with the end in mind," said Curley. "Students who research specific
career paths are able to approach their coursework and projects with
perspective and can better translate what they learn in the classroom to the
workplace. Working adults and parents in particular should consider putting
the proper infrastructure in place to balance school, work and family
obligations and to help ensure a successful transition to the classroom."
3. Make education a family affair
A great way for parents to connect with children and instill the importance of
education is to set a weekly family study time. Parents and children can sit
down and plan the week's deadlines, share what they are learning and do their
homework. Seeing a parent dedicated to studies, sets an important precedent
for a child in developing work ethic and setting priorities.
4. Gain the buy-in of key stakeholders
Parents pursuing education are often balancing family, work and school
obligations. It is important to discuss education goals and commitments with
key stakeholders, including employers, friends and family members. These
individuals can help students stay accountable and carve out important time
for classwork and studying. Keeping bosses and family members apprised of
deadlines can help students gain needed flexibility. Students who bring
classroom learnings to the workplace to benefit their teams may also see
To learn more about University of Phoenix education programs, visit
The University of Phoenix Education survey was conducted by Kelton, between
Nov. 1 and Nov. 7, 2012, among 1,019 nationally representative Americans ages
18 and over, using an online survey. Quotas regarding the amount of
respondents in standard demographics including age, gender, region, and
ethnicity are set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the entire
U.S. population ages 18 and over.
Kelton is a market research and strategy consultancy that works with many of
the world's largest and most recognizable brands to help them better
understand and connect with consumers. Kelton provides highly customized
qualitative, quantitative, innovation and design research for a wide variety
of companies across multiple sectors, including many in the Fortune 500. For
more information, please see www.keltonglobal.com.
About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance
education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules,
challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal
and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship
university of Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves
a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and
doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as
well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit
SOURCE University of Phoenix
Contact: Tanya Flynn, University of Phoenix, +1-303-570-0617,
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