A new project, led by Gallup and debuting at Purdue, aims to provide data on how college graduates are faring and how that compares to national averages.
The Gallup-Purdue Index will establish a set of measures colleges and universities can use to determine how successful their alumni are doing in five key dimensions of well-being: purpose, social, physical, financial, and community.
Purdue is the first university to contract for a simultaneous sampling of its own graduates.
President Mitch Daniels says the initiative will help Purdue ensure it is providing a collegiate experience that prepares students to be contributing and productive citizens in their workplaces and their communities.
“Parents and students who are looking at our school have some hard evidence that tells them how likely it is they will really advance their situation in life by coming to Purdue,” Daniels said. “And, employers and others are deciding where to recruit deserve better information than is available now how good a bet Boilermakers are.”
Daniels says the Gallup-Purdue Index will serve as a national benchmarking tool – not a ranking – created by higher education for higher education.
The findings of the inaugural Index will be available in early spring of 2014 with public findings reported on gallup.com annually.