Strada Education Value Survey

Since 2016, Strada has been surveying Americans about their experiences with education and work to learn more about what forms a valuable education. In 2019, in response to a call from university leaders to learn more about the experiences of their alumni, we developed a survey to measure alumni’s perspectives on the impact their education has had on their careers and lives. More than 60 schools have participated in the survey to date. Read below to learn more about the survey, explore the findings, and apply to participate as a partner. 

College and university leaders know that the value they provide is not fully captured by college rankings or income metrics. With this in mind, Strada Education Network is partnering with colleges and universities to better understand the full value of the education they provide by listening to those with a special perspective: the alumni.

To date, we’ve partnered with more than 60 institutions, and we want to hear from your alumni, too. Learn more about how to join this work and increase the positive impact you have on your students, their careers, and their lives.

Strada Education Value Survey Topics

  • Career preparation, connections, and satisfaction.
  • Skill development.
  • Cost value.
  • Value of various aspects of the education experience, including academics, student  engagement/support, and career-related services.
  • Education impact on quality of life.

Participating Institutions Receive

  • Benchmarked results comparing your school to national averages and peer groups.
  • Identified data set to link individual student results back to university data sources for further research and exploration.
  • Formatted report and dynamic online dashboard to explore and share results.
  • Opportunity to apply to participate in a learning cohort in the year following the survey.

Explore the Findings

Use the dashboard below to explore results from the 2021 national benchmark survey. The net benefit score is the percent of alumni who gave a positive response to the question minus the percent of alumni who gave a negative response to the question. These scores are then averaged to create a net benefit for five key outcome areas: value, life impact, career success, skill development, and affinity. The specific questions that make up each area can be seen in the bulleted list below each group. Results can be broken out by race, gender, year of graduation, and type of institution.

Apply to Participate

For more information on how to apply, please email You can also download our one-pager about the opportunity.

For more information on our other research, visit our reports page or see our Public Viewpoint page for the latest survey results about how COVID-19 is affecting Americans’ views on education and work.