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Gallup-Purdue Index Finds WGU Washington Grads Thrive in the Workplace

WGU grads more engaged at work and report better overall well-being than national average

SEATTLE — Graduates from Western Governors University (WGU) are more likely than graduates from other U.S. universities to have the jobs they want, feel engaged at work, and have an emotional attachment to their alma mater, according to a study conducted by Gallup in 2014. That includes grads of WGU’s locally based affiliate WGU Washington.

The study, which included 4,000 WGU graduates, compared the responses of WGU alumni to the national data in the Gallup-Purdue Index. Gallup and Purdue developed the index to examine the long-term success of graduates as they pursue “great jobs” and “great lives.” The index provides insight into the relationship between the college experience and students’ experiences after graduation.

According to the study:

  • The employment rate for WGU alumni who have graduated within the last five years is 79 percent—a number well above the national average of 66 percent.
  • At a rate 15 percent higher than the national average, WGU graduates are more likely to be engaged employees.
  • WGU alumni are at least two times more likely than graduates of other institutions to be thriving in all five elements of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical.
  • WGU alumni are almost two times more likely than alumni of other institutions to be emotionally attached to their university—proof that personal connections are possible in distance learning.

“The Gallup study confirms what we’ve known for years: WGU students are passionate, dynamic professionals,” said Jean Floten, chancellor of WGU Washington. “Our alumni are eager and ready to apply what they know on the job and in the community.”

“WGU grads are more than twice as likely than other college graduates to say they had a faculty member who encouraged their goals and dreams,” said Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education. “Given that Gallup has found this to be the single strongest element linked to long-term success in career and life, it's a hugely positive outcome. It's not about simply having an advisor who provides course selection tips . . . WGU grads are being inspired and encouraged around their life goals and dreams."

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