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How Does the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey Work?

Measures U.S. College Graduates' Success in Their Pursuit of Great Jobs and Great Lives

What is the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey?

The Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey (formerly the Gallup-Purdue Index) is the first measure to evaluate the long-term success of graduates in their pursuit of great jobs and great lives, as measured by the Gallup Employee Engagement Index and Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, respectively. The Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey provides higher education leaders with productive insights that will help them make meaningful performance improvements.

How are interviews conducted for the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey?

Gallup conducts the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey interviews via the web. According to a 2013 Census Bureau report, 90% of U.S. college graduates have access to the Internet. With this in mind, Gallup selects U.S. adults with a college education to participate in the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey through its nationally representative studies of all U.S. adults including the Gallup Panel, U.S. Gallup Poll and Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey.

How many people are interviewed in the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey?

The inaugural Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey included interviews with more than 30,000 American adults possessing a bachelor's degree or higher level of education and approximately 1,500 American adults with an associate degree.

How often is the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey conducted?

Gallup began conducting the national Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey in 2014 and has administered it in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Additionally, individual postsecondary institutions are working with Gallup to survey their own alumni using the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey to compare the jobs and lives of their alumni to this national benchmark. Gallup will conduct these separate alumni-specific surveys on an ongoing basis.

Are Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey samples weighted?

Yes, Gallup weights the national Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey samples to match the U.S. population according to gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education and region. Demographic weighting targets are based on the most recent Current Population Survey figures for those aged 18 and older possessing an associate degree for the associate degree sample and those possessing a bachelor's degree or higher level of education for the bachelor's degree or higher sample. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting. Gallup does not weight sample data for alumni-specific studies conducted on behalf of individual postsecondary institutions.

Where can I find results from the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey and learn more about the survey?

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