Other schools show interest in Gallup-Purdue Index

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University is catching some national attention for its Gallup-Purdue Index.

Purdue University and research firm Gallup have partnered to develop the largest representative study of college graduates in U.S. history.

As News 18 has already reported, a survey of more than 30,000 graduates found that graduates who had professors or mentors in college were more than twice as likely to be more engaged in the workplace.

“Having a single mentor or a single faculty member who takes a little extra time and personal attention with a student is strongly correlated with greater success later on,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

It didn’t find a distinction between private and public schools.

Daniels said many other schools are signing up for the index.

“They, too, have the interest in accountability, and also the nerve — let’s say — to go see how their own graduates are doing compared to this national benchmark that we now have,” said Daniels.

Daniels said the next step with the index is to get Purdue’s own specific data back and analyze that.

“The key step beyond that is to see what it can tell us about what to do more of, about maybe what to do less of. What things seem to be associated with a really successful, or as Gallup puts it — thriving, a life and well-being,” explained Daniels.

The study will be released annually for the next five years.

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