APLUS: A Research initiative of the Take Charge America Institute!
The APLUS study is a research initiative of the Take Charge America Institute(TCAI). The mission of the TCAI is to improve financial literacy of youth and young adult consumers so they can make informed financial choices.
The APLUS Wave 3 Survey is now active for APLUS Students!
Please log in here to take the survey: http://aplus.arizona.edu/survey
APLUS is the first scientific study of young adults’ changing financial knowledge and practices.
Why is this important? In today’s changing economic landscape, consumer financial choices are increasingly more complex. Young adults must quickly develop the financial decision-making skills to manage adult roles and responsibilities.
How do consumers learn to make financial decisions? Dr. Joyce Serido, Assistant Research Professor at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, is leading a team of researchers to find the answer to that question.
By re-surveying members of the 2007 first-year University of Arizona cohort from college into middle-age, the researchers study the relation between college financial behaviors and adult financial capability to understand how early financial behaviors contribute to success and well-being in adulthood
APLUS In the news!
APLUS Findings Influence Best Practices for College Students - Financial Literacy and College Persistence Conference, Held at Menlo College in Menlo Park CA - January 18, 2013 - Read More
Dr. Joyce Serido on National Public Radio - Family Matters: The Money Squeeze - Listening to Parents Key to Financial Responsibility - Morning Edition, May 29, 2012 - Listen On Demand Here
APLUS FINDINGS AND FINANCIAL POLICY!
Fall, 2012 - Spring, 2013
Dr. Serido assumes the role of APLUS Principal Investigator as Dr. Shim becomes the Dean of the School of Human Ecology, The University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Together, they launch Wave 3: Adaptation and Resilience in financial, career, and life success among Young Adults.
The Wave 3 study will examine how life choices and opportunities facing today's young adults contribute to, or detract from, personal, financial, and career well-being
The APLUS project has been made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment of Financial Education and the Citi Foundation.
Fall, 2010 – Spring, 2011
Dr. Shim and Dr. Serido launch Wave 2: Young Adults’ Financial Capability Study
Survey data collected from over 1,500 of the participants in the baseline study as they prepare to leave college to understand how prepared they are for the life-changing experiences awaiting them as they enter the world of full-time adult responsibility.
Dr. Shim and Dr. Joyce Serido, Co-Principal Investigator, launch the Wave 1.5: Economic Impact Study
Shortly after the global financial credit crisis, data collected from a subsample (748) of the baseline study participants to understand the immediate impact of the recession on young adults’ financial behaviors.
Fall, 2007 – Spring, 2008
Dr. Soyeon Shim, Professor/Former Director of the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences and original APLUS Principal Investigator, launches Wave 1: Baseline Study
Survey data collected from more than 2,000 first-year students enrolled at the University of Arizona to understand the pre-college experiences that contributed to college students’ financial attitudes and behaviors.