Most research about tuition assistance does little to shed light on how to connect these programs to improving organizational performance. What’s more, the research focuses on the employer’s perspective, without accounting for employees’ motivations and challenges.

To address this gap, the University of Phoenix and EdAssist collaborated on a research study on the perceptions of employers and employees about career development. Researchers surveyed more than 500 employees who were pursuing employer-sponsored education, as well as their managers, and sought to answer the question: Who really owns career development — the employee or employer?


Key findings:

  • There is a significant discrepancy between the educational credentials that employees are pursuing and the credentials that managers want employees to have.
  • Only 49% of managers said that their organization helps workers map out education to align with their careers.
  • The average worker spends only 1.5 hours a year on career planning.
  • Nearly 70% of employees reported they would slow or stop education if their employer were no longer covering the costs.

In this detailed report, you'll learn how to:

  • Align professional development programs with the true needs of the organization.
  • Develop roadmaps for employee success.
  • Create a learning culture.
  • Measure the true impact of continuing education.


View the webinar slides of the presentation for the study overview, findings and recommendations for employers.

You will learn about:

  • What is hindering your employees' career development?
  • How do managers and employees see their roles in career development?
  • Where does education fit in?
  • How can employers improve education-to-career alignment?