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Studying graduates’ experiences and attitudes provides education leaders with insights about ways they can design programs and initiatives focused on maximizing the student experience.
The 2018 Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey, formerly part of the Gallup-Purdue Index, explores how colleges and universities inspire students to achieve and looks closely at the source and nature of college mentoring relationships. This nationally representative study of U.S. college graduates examines whether graduates received career-related advice during college, as well as the helpfulness of the guidance they received.
Professors are the predominant source of undergraduate mentorship
First-generation college student(FGCS) and minority graduates who had a mentor are less likely than their counterparts to identify their mentor as a professor.
Graduates’ professor mentors were most likely to come from an arts and humanities field.
Recent research demonstrates the importance of faculty and staff members’ involvement in career-related conversations with students. The 2017 Strada-Gallup College Student Survey showed that students who had these types of conversations are more likely than other students to feel confident about their future upon graduation.
The ultimate measure of a postsecondary institution’s success is whether its alumni succeed in work and life. Measuring and reporting these outcomes are becoming expected responsibilities of colleges and universities to ensure they are living up to the ideals embodied in their mission statements.
Strada Education Network is committed to listening to the learner voice of all students, including graduates and non-completers, so we have expanded our partnership with Gallup to include serving as the lead partner on the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey, formerly the Gallup-Purdue Index.
The Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey has served as a unique, informative resource for countless higher education institutions as they strive to learn more about the outcomes of their graduates. The Alumni Survey enables institutions to understand:
Learners have a savvy understanding of their post-secondary experiences as they relate to their careers. Survey results show that U.S. adults are overwhelmingly pursuing post-secondary education to advance their careers in some way.
We look forward to finding ways to partner with higher education providers through the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey to better understand alumni experiences and benefit all students as they work to attain their education and career goals.
Through the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey, we can provide 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. Institutions can compare their graduates against select cohorts, such as Carnegie Classifications, athletic divisions or other institutions in their state.
When it comes to education after high school, Americans know what they value and why. At Strada Education Network, we are listening to what they have to say and leveraging their insights about experiences and outcomes to forge more purposeful pathways between education and careers.
Gallup strategically partners with institutions to conduct custom research and implement best practices that create environments in which students and employees thrive.
Among students who have work-based learning experiences, those with paid internships stand out for their increased earning power, confidence in themselves, and recognition of the value of their education.
Two centuries after the first historically Black colleges and universities were founded, the 101 accredited HBCUs in operation today continue to deliver on their legacy of expanding educational opportunity for Black students that leads to successful and fulfilling lives.
As a field, higher education has experienced a continuing evolution in how to measure success. For nearly five decades success efforts were focused on access, followed by the past decade and a half pursuing completion, and the field now has a growing focus on the value of a degree and student outcomes beyond completion.
Strada’s prior research on undergraduate perceptions of the value of their education demonstrates that students value their education most when they receive support to connect their education and career interests.
The baccalaureate degree remains the surest path to economic mobility, employment stability, and a host of associated social benefits.
The declines in postsecondary education enrollment made headlines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but what does that mean for the students behind those statistics?
Nondegree credentials have been growing rapidly for decades. Questions about their quality and value, however, remain.
Recent high school graduates share why their education plans were disrupted, and what types of support could bring them back
From its onset in early 2020, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has upended life across the world, leading to uncertainty around health, work, finances, education, and a host of other issues.
Will Pandemic-Disrupted Learners Return to School?
How individuals who attend and don’t graduate feel about education
How learners rate the value of their education pathways
The Benefits and Opportunities of Certificates and Certifications
What Adults Without Degrees Say About Pursuing Additional Education and Training
Relevance and the Value of Higher Education
When do Adults without Degrees Benefit from Earning Certificates and Certifications?
Employer survey on finding the best talent for the job
2018 Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey
State-by-State Demand for Education After High School
Strada and Gallup Examine Learners’ Top Motives for Choosing Their Postsecondary Path
2017 College Student Survey
Where Students Get Valued Advice on What to Study in College
US Adults Reflect on Their Education Decisions