Gallup: WGU graduates are satisfied with cost and results

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News Brief – 3/21/17Alumni demonstrate well-being and attachment to the university

INDIANAPOLIS — Gallup has released the results of a new study that compares the satisfaction and overall well-being of Western Governors University (WGU) graduates with graduates from other institutions across the United States. For the third year, the results demonstrate that WGU graduates are more likely to have the jobs they want, feel engaged at work, and have an emotional attachment to the university. The study supplements WGU Indiana’s strong showing in the Gallup-Purdue Index commissioned by the State of Indiana last year.

“WGU Indiana provides better educational outcomes than national averages and a flexible, affordable path to a college degree,” said WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber. “Our graduates are more engaged at work and are more likely to maintain a career in their chosen line of study than graduates of most universities; perhaps most importantly, they are doing so here in Indiana.”

Findings were released Wednesday at Gallup headquarters in Washington, D.C., to media, policymakers, and leaders in higher education and workforce development. Joining a panel discussion led by Brandon Busteed, Gallup’s Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, were Louis Soares, Vice President, Strategy, Research and Advancement, American Council on Education; Cheryl Oldham, Vice President of Education Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Scott Pulsipher, President, WGU; and Kurt Gunnell, Director, Institutional Research, WGU.

Per the study:
The employment rate for WGU alumni who have graduated within the last five years—81 percent—outdistances the national average of 74 percent.
WGU graduates said their experience was worth the cost—73 percent compared to 38 percent.
WGU alumni are nearly twice as likely as graduates of other institutions to be thriving in all five elements of well-being—purpose, social, financial, community, and physical.
WGU alumni are almost twice as likely to be emotionally attached to their university than alumni from other …

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