Measuring College and University Outcomes
The ultimate metric of an institution's success is whether its alumni succeed in work and life.
Great jobs. Great lives.
Much like businesses have come to rely on third-party accounting firms to audit their financial health, college and university presidents and boards have come to rely on Gallup -- the world's most trusted research organization -- to measure the vital outcomes that affect the lives of their graduates.
Most measures of graduates' success focus on graduates' household or personal income. Gallup goes beyond these baseline measures, assessing graduates' employment, professions, workplace engagement and well-being, and then connecting these outcomes with key student experiences to help institutions create a rigorous process for continuous improvement.
Graduates are 1.4 times more likely to be thriving in five key elements of well-being if a professor cared about them as a person.
Measurement that helps institutions create a rigorous process for continuous improvement.
The ultimate measure of an institution's success is whether its alumni succeed in work and life. Measuring and reporting outcomes are becoming expected responsibilities of colleges and universities to ensure they are living up to the ideals embodied in their mission statements.
The Gallup-Purdue Index enables institutions to understand:
- whether alumni are engaged in their work
- whether alumni are thriving in key aspects of their well-being
- how alumni rate their undergraduate experiences and their attachment to their college or university following graduation
Gallup provides custom analytics and reporting to colleges and universities, including alumni in-depth qualitative interviews, with the unique ability to benchmark against a nationally representative study of 60,000 college graduates: the Gallup-Purdue Index. Institutions can compare their graduates against select cohorts, such as Carnegie Classifications, athletic divisions or other institutions in their state.
Individual institutions hire Gallup to measure their alumni and compare them with national and peer cohorts from the Gallup-Purdue Index national study. The following reports have been publicly released.
Purdue University Alumni ReportPDF Download
Western Governors University Alumni ReportPDF Download
University of Virginia Alumni ReportPDF Download
Robert Morris University Alumni ReportPDF Download
Virginia Tech Alumni ReportPDF Download
University of New Hampshire Alumni ReportPDF Download
The Ohio State University Alumni ReportPDF Download
University of Pittsburgh Alumni ReportView Reports
St. Michael's College Alumni ReportPDF Download
Lindenwood University Alumni ReportPDF Download
Temple University Alumni ReportPDF Download
Walden University Alumni ReportPDF Download
University of Tennessee at Martin Alumni ReportPDF Download
James Madison University Alumni ReportPDF Download
Goucher College Alumni ReportPDF Download
Year 3 Report: Great Jobs. Great Lives.
The Gallup-Purdue Index Report 2016 explores the value of career services, inclusive experiences and mentorship for college graduates.Learn More
Year 2 Report: Great Jobs. Great Lives.
The Gallup-Purdue Index Report 2015 explores the relationship between student debt, experience and perceptions of college worth.Learn More
Gallup-Purdue Index Inaugural National Report
This report -- based on interviews with more than 30,000 graduates -- measures the degree to which graduates have successful and engaging careers and if they are thriving in their overall well-being.Learn More