If you believe the new “Gallup-Purdue Index Report,” a study of 30,000 graduates of American colleges on issues of employment, job engagement, and well-being, it all comes down to old-fashioned values and human connectedness. One of the report’s big takeaways: College graduates, whether they went to a hoity-toity private college or a midtier public, had double the chances of being engaged in their work and were three times as likely to be thriving in their well-being if they connected with a professor on the campus who stimulated them, cared about them, and encouraged their hopes and dreams.
The Gallup-Purdue Index, which was announced late last year and is releasing its first survey results on Tuesday, strives to measure the components of “great lives,” as the report puts it. The study—based on an online survey and supported by the Lumina Foundation and Purdue University—will be conducted with a new cohort of 30,000 graduates each year over five years, eventually surveying more than 150,000 people. It will assess not only graduates’ financial well-being, but also their well-being related to their sense of purpose, their social lives, their connectedness to the community, and their physical health. <Read more.>