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Purdue Partnering With Gallup To Create New College Rankings

The new system will focus on how well a college's graduates do in the workforce.

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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels talks with students after the Board of Trustees announced he would lead the school next.

Purdue University is working with polling company Gallup to develop a new college rating system.

Right now US News and World Report publishes the most closely-watched list of top schools. But Purdue President Mitch Daniels has criticized that system. He says what students really need is a measure of how a college’s graduates do in the workforce.

Daniels says Gallup’s decades of public-opinion research give the company the ability to quantify subjective questions such as whether graduates feel productive on the job or whether their work is important. He says research shows a correlation between workers who feel engaged on the job and the profits they generate for their employers.

The Gallup-Purdue Index will combine those measurements with data on how many of a school‘s graduates are employed and how much they earn. The new rankings will debut in the spring.

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