Flying in the face of a separate college performance ranking system announced earlier this year by the Obama administration, Gallup and Purdue university announced their own plans to measure colleges’ effectiveness.
The new ranking system seeks to go beyond these traditional measures like how many graduates are employed and making big salaries. It attempts to figure out which colleges provide their students the best chance at “a good life.”
“Decades of Gallup research have helped measure and quantify whether a person has a great job and a great life,” said Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education. “Right now, there isn’t a college or university in the country that can tell–from a research-based perspective–to what degree their graduates have great jobs and great lives.”
So what makes a good life, according to Gallup?
It’s conducting a study that will attempt to measure a graduate’s sense of purpose, her social, physical, financial well-being and her sense of community. The survey will also ask graduates qualitative questions, such as whether they like what they do for a living.
Purdue University is the first college to partner with Gallup to study its own graduates and compare its students to national averages.
“Students and their parents deserve to know with confidence whether a college they are considering has a trustworthy track record of developing successful, engaged, and fulfilled graduates,” said Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University.
Do you think this new ranking is a better way to measure how well colleges prepare students for the rest of their lives, or do you think it’s a case of comparing apples to oranges? Share your thoughts.