Students' Expectations Regarding the Educational Offer in Light of Personal Research
Purpose: The aim of the research was to analyze the primary motivations of students for undertaking higher education and to identify the key factors influencing their choice of a specific educational offer. Design/Methodology/Approach: A quantitative research methodology was employed, based on the analysis of questionnaires directed at students. Students' expectations regarding the educational offer and their motivations for studying were assessed. Data analysis was conducted using Pearson's correlation coefficient. Findings: It was determined that the main motivations for students to undertake studies are acquiring knowledge and professional qualifications, prospects for development, and career advancement. Building relationships and meeting new people is a significant, though not dominant, aspect of student life. Parental expectations are not the main motivation for undertaking studies. Pearson's correlation coefficient of 0.308 indicates a weak positive linear relationship between students' expectations and their evaluations of the educational offer. Practical Implications: The research findings suggest that higher education institutions should focus on the practical aspects of education, offering curricula that reflect the needs of the job market. It is also essential to facilitate relationship-building among students and promote student mobility. However, students' educational decisions are complex and can be shaped by various factors, not just expectations regarding the educational offer. Originality/Value: While many studies have focused on students' expectations in the context of higher education, this research provides a unique perspective on the relationship between students' expectations and their evaluations of the educational offer, using Pearson's correlation coefficient analysis.