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Lifelong Learning Survey of Recent US College Graduates

Resource Type
  • Head, Alison (University of Washington)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
college students; information literacy; lifelong learning
  • Abstract

    The Project Information Literacy (PIL) lifelong learning survey dataset was produced as part of a two-year federally funded study on relatively recent US college graduates and their information-seeking behavior for continued learning. The goal of the survey was to collect quantitative data about the information-seeking behavior of a sample of recent graduates—the strategies, techniques, information support systems, and best practices—used to support lifelong learning in post-college life. The dataset contains responses from 1,651 respondents to a 21-item questionnaire administered between October 9, 2014 and December 15, 2014. The voluntary sample of respondents consisted of relatively recent graduates, who had completed their degrees between 2007 and 2012, from one of 10 US colleges and universities in the institutional sample. Quantitative data are included in the dataset about the learning needs of relatively recent graduates as well as the information sources they used in three arenas of their post-college lives (i.e., personal life, workplace, and the communities in which they resided). Demographic information—including age, gender, major, GPA, employment status, graduate school attendance, and geographic proximity of current residence to their alma mater—is also included in the dataset for the respondents.

    "Staying Smart: How Today's Graduates Continue to Learn Once They Complete College," Alison J. Head, Project Information Literacy Research Report, Seattle: University of Washington Information School (January 5, 2016), 112 pages, 6.9 MB.

Temporal Coverage
  • 2014-10-09 / 2014-12-15
    Time period: Thu Oct 09 00:00:00 EDT 2014--Mon Dec 15 00:00:00 EST 2014
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
  • 10 higher education institutions from 9 states
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.

Update Metadata: 2016-08-27 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2016-07-20

Head, Alison (2016): Lifelong Learning Survey of Recent US College Graduates. Version: 10. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.