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Outcome Studies

Kuder’s research faculty and other researchers conduct and publish outcome studies to provide insight into how our products help build brighter futures for students and adults. Kuder routinely supports and references research studies conducted by external researchers.

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Kuder Navigator and Texas Graduation Ratesstudy

May 2017

This study showcases the correlation between the use of Navigator  and significantly identifiable increase of high school graduation rates and return on investment for the state of Texas.

Previous studies have shown Navigator is highly helpful in the areas of: self awareness, awareness of educational and career opportunities, setting educational and career goals and making plans and more.  These insights helped to form the hypothesis that is explored in this study that use of Navigator in high schools is linked to greater academic success in the form of higher graduation rates.

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Coaching InfluencesCareer Coaching Influences on College & Career Readiness & Confidence: A Focus on JAG Secondary Students

December 2014

This study investigates the effectiveness of individualized and personalized career coaching sessions with a sample group of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) secondary students in six high schools across Indiana.

Indiana participated in a pilot coaching study using the Kuder® Coach™ program that included six high schools, specifically students in the JAG program. These locations selected individuals to participate in a research study designed to demonstrate the effect of coaching on college and career confidence, hope, and maturity. Ninety-nine male and female students participated in one to two career coaching sessions that lasted approximately 30 to 45 minutes over a three- or four-week period. The JAG specialists supported scheduling of coaching sessions and led the pretest and post test for each of the six locations.

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Coaching Effects HopeCareer Coaching Effects on Hope, Confidence, and Maturity

July 2014

This study investigates the effectiveness of individualized and personalized Kuder® Coach™ sessions with a sample group of students and adults who were randomly selected for in-depth interviews on their experience with career coaching as well as their use of the Indiana Career Explorer, powered by Kuder®.

The Indiana pilot coaching study included participants from four Ivy Tech Community College campuses, two Adult Basic Education (ABE) centers, and two WorkOne (workforce development) sites. These locations selected individuals to particpate in a research study designed to demonstrate the affect of coaching on career confidence, hope, and maturity. The pilot provided 87 male and female adults and students with two career coaching sessions that lasted approximately 30-45 minutes over a two or three week period. Each session was led by a Kuder Coach. 

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KCSStudy of Outcomes Associated with Use of the Kuder® Career Search with Person Match at a Public Research University in Greater Miami, Florida

June 2014

This study focuses on the match between students’ interest inventory clusters and their selected majors, and if this degree of match is related to students’ academic outcomes in terms of GPA.

The sample for this study is a cohort of 12,697 students who entered a public research university in greater Miami, Florida, prior to August 6, 2012. All of these students had an opportunity to complete the Kuder® Career Search with Person Match (KCS). Of this cohort, 6,506 completed the KCS. These students had the opportunity to accumulate three semesters of coursework by the summer of 2013. The primary focus of this study was on the match between students’ interest inventory clusters and their selected majors, and if this degree of match — termed congruence between interests and major — is related to students’ academic outcomes in terms of university Grade-Point-Average (GPA). 

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Adult Follow-up StudyKuder Adult Follow-Up Study

June 2013

This study explores postsecondary students’ and adults’ perceptions of the helpfulness of Kuder Journey and its various components. Users rated Journey as highly helpful in self-awareness, career planning, developing motivation for success in education and work, and gaining hope for the future.

In Spring of 2012, 412 U.S. adults who had used Kuder® Journey™ responded to an online survey. Twenty-five U.S. states were represented, along with two U.S. territories. The survey solicited responses on users’ perceptions of the helpfulness of Journey and its components. Users rated Journey as highly helpful in their career planning and career development, with a majority rating Journey as highly helpful in (a) selfawareness (learning interests, skills, and values), (b) setting career goals and making plans, (c) developing motivation for education and career, and (d) generating hope for the future. There were few differences in ratings by gender, racial-ethnic group, or by employment status (unemployed, part-time employed, full-time employed). There were consistent differences in ratings by age group, with younger respondents rating Journey as more helpful as compared to older respondents.

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High School Student Follow-upKuder High School Student Follow-Up Study

February 2013

This study explores high school students’ perceptions of the helpfulness of Kuder Navigator and its various components.

In Spring of 2012, 381 U.S. high school students who had used Kuder Navigator responded to an on-line survey. Respondents were from 21 states and one U.S. territory, and the sample closely reflected the racial-ethnic makeup of the U.S. The survey solicited responses on students’ perceptions of the helpfulness of Navigator and its components. High school students’ demographics and some of their high school experiences and behaviors were also assessed.

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High school graduate studyKuder High School Graduate Follow-Up Study

December 2012

This study explores recent high school graduates’ perceptions of the helpfulness of Kuder Navigator in various areas of educational and career development.

In Spring of 2012, 334 recent high school graduates who had used Kuder Navigator responded to an on-line survey. Respondents were from 35 states and 4 U.S. territories, and the sample closely reflected the racial-ethnic makeup of the U.S. The survey solicited responses on graduates’ perceptions of the helpfulness of Navigator and its components. Graduates’ demographics and some of their high school experiences and behaviors were also assessed.

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Interest AssessmentKuder’s Interest Assessment Helps Youth of Color in Poverty Select College Majors

September 2008

Conducted by Matt Diemer, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling at Michigan State University, this study examined how well vocational interests predict prospective college major specification among high school-aged youth of color in poverty.

The first finding based on statistical analyses suggests that vocational interest strength and differentiation (in concert) may lead youth of color in poverty to specify college majors that are congruent with their current vocational interests. However, this model was not predictive of interest-major congruence for the American Indian/Alaska Native group. Moreover, GPA was not a significant predictor of congruence for any racial/ethnic group.

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Career Exploration StudyKuder Career Planning System Usage: Students’ Career Exploration & Academic Planning Behavior.

March 2008

In this study, the researchers examined almost 6,000 student records from 29 schools in the Midwest using the Kuder Career Planning System.

For many years now, reviews of empirical literature have shown that performance in school and transition into higher education are strongly associated with motivational factors such as career exploration and planning through the establishment of career goals and other similar constructs (Pantages & Creedon, 1978; and Summerskill, 1962). Through this study we sought to gain a greater understanding of the career exploration and academic planning behavior of students in schools in the Midwest who were using the Kuder® Career Planning System (KCPS). 

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outcomes studyKuder Improves Academic Performance, Transitions, and Graduation in South Carolina

January 2008

This study, conducted by Catalina D’Achiardi-Ressler, Ph.D., examined the impact that the Kuder Career Planning System has on students’ school performance, their ability to make career decisions, and their transition into higher education.

Most believe in the importance that issues such as students’ school performance, their ability to make timely career decisions, and their transition into higher education have in today’s society. Despite studies on these issues, there is little evidence to support the impact that career exploration products have on them. Therefore, in this study, we sought to examine the impact that the Kuder® Career Planning System (KCPS) has on each of these factors for students in two demographic areas in the state of South Carolina. 

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