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Gallup-Purdue Index Report 2015

The Gallup-Purdue Index examines important questions on the value of higher education in an uncertain time of rising fees and increasing student debt.

The value of higher education has become a topic of debate recently due to rising fees and increasing student debt.

The Gallup-Purdue Index examines two important questions: Do U.S. universities provide students with opportunities equal to increasing college fees? And: Do students graduate well-equipped to find good jobs and prosper financially, as well as pursue their passions and lead healthy, fulfilling lives?

This report assesses alumni perceptions of their undergraduate experiences and how those experiences relate to their well-being and job quality later in life.

Gallup finds that only half of U.S. alumni strongly agree their education was worth the cost. This alarming figure should inspire universities and other institutions of higher learning to examine their cultures and the value they provide their students.

Let's make college worth it.

50%

of U.S. alumni strongly agree their education was worth the cost.

Gallup data show that:

52%

of alumni of public universities

47%

of alumni of private, nonprofit universities

26%

of alumni of private, for-profit universities

strongly agree their education was worth the cost

The odds of strongly agreeing education was worth the cost are

1.9x

higher for graduates if their professors cared about them as a person.

Relationships Most Affect Graduates' Perception That Their Education Was Worth the Cost.

The Gallup-Purdue Index 2015 Report examines critical questions regarding the relationship between student debt, experiences and perceptions of college worth. Leaders in education can closely examine survey results highlighting graduates' experiences to affect change for a brighter future.

Download this report to learn:

  • why there is a lack of good measures that hold universities accountable for student outcomes
  • what alumni perceive about their undergraduate experiences
  • how undergraduate experiences relate to well-being and job quality later in life
  • how undergraduate experiences relate to alumni's overall impressions of their alma mater
  • if alumni from different types of schools hold consistently different views of their college experience
  • to what extent financial burdens, such as student loan debt, influence alumni's perceptions of their university
  • why a university's U.S. News & World Report ranking only loosely relates to its recent graduates' perceptions that their education was or wasn't worth the cost

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