Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Student Survey Examines Influence of War in Iraq

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Student Survey Examines Influence of War in Iraq

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CHESTER, PA.

Thirty-five percent of prospective graduate students say the war in Iraq has made them more interested in government or military jobs, according to a new survey from GradSchools.com. In addition, over one-third feel opportunities with defense contractors, the military and the government have increased since the war began.

At the same time, the war has not affected high school and college students' plans to study abroad - though it has influenced their choice of destination, according to StudyAbroad.com in a just-released survey of high school and college students thinking of studying overseas.

The two surveys were conducted simultaneously in March 2003 by GradSchools.com, an online resource for graduate school information and programs, and StudyAbroad.com, an online resource for study abroad information. Over 1,300 students participated in the GradSchools.com survey, which sought to identify how the war in Iraq has influenced students' interests in going to graduate school. Respondents were recruited through a link on the GradSchools.com home page.

When asked if the war in Iraq had made them more interested in government or military jobs, over 30 percent of respondents said "yes." Nearly 30 percent also said that they had seen increasing opportunities with defense contractors, the military and the government.

Nearly 700 students participated in the StudyAbroad.com survey, which sought to determine if the war had affected students' plans to study in a foreign country. …

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