Western Governors University
Gallup and Western Governors University have partnered since 2014 to quantify the life and learning outcomes of WGU students and compare those outcomes to national benchmarks.
Western Governors University 2022 Alumni Survey
Most Americans believe that a two- or four-year college degree is at least as important to finding a successful career as it was 20 years ago. However, only 30% of Americans believe that quality, affordable postsecondary education is widely available.
Western Governors University (WGU) is committed to offering a college education that is widely accessible, affordable and valuable.
To measure the extent to which WGU is succeeding in this mission, Gallup surveyed more than 1,400 WGU alumni who completed their undergraduate degree between 2017 and 2021 and compared the results to the responses of more than 600 national bachelor's degree holders who completed their degree during the same period.
Download the report to see how WGU alumni rate their educational experience and how they feel about their lives post-graduation.
Results from this study are based on 1,448 web survey responses from WGU alumni who received their undergraduate degree between 2017 and 2021. Gallup conducted the survey from Nov. 16 to Dec. 13, 2022. WGU provided the sample of alumni email addresses. Alumni were included in the study if the institution had an email address on file.
Results from the national study used for comparison purposes — the Gallup Alumni Survey — are based on 629 web surveys from respondents who received a bachelor’s degree between 2017 and 2021, are aged 18 or older, have internet access, and live in one of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia. Of these, 362 graduated from public universities and 198 graduated from private, not-for-profit universities. There were 210 graduates from the national sample who were age 25 or older at graduation. Results were collected over multiple fielding periods, including Oct. 21 to Nov. 4, 2019; Nov. 18 to Dec. 1, 2021 and Nov. 21 to Nov. 30, 2022.
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