Purdue, Gallup join to measure higher-ed learning outcomes

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Purdue University is partnering with Gallup, the global polling and consulting organization, in the name of higher education accountability.

The organizations are calling the new joint venture announced the Gallup-Purdue Index, which they say will facilitate the “largest representative study of college graduates in U.S. history.” The index aims to create a national benchmark that evaluates the long-term success of graduates, measured by indicators including career and life satisfaction.

For Purdue President Mitch Daniels, the collaboration is a response to a rapidly changing higher education sector, wherein colleges, including the West Lafayette research institution, have in recent years had to justify rising tuition rates with record amounts

of student loan debt and an unsteady job market. “This is going to be an unprecedented treasure trove of data about what leads to successful work and successful lives, and which categories of institutions seem to produce the most successful graduates,” said Daniels, who shortly after arriving at Purdue in January announced he would freeze tuition for two years. “It'll be a really deep vein of new learning, and Purdue researchers will be right in the middle of it.”

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