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Such A Combination Might Be Rare. But Is It Better?

Responding to a call for greater accountability in higher education, a study of more than 30,000 college graduates across the United States recently was conducted by Gallup and Purdue University. Surprisingly to some, the study found that “where one goes to college is far less important than how.” Graduates who had at least one professor who made them excited about learning, cared about them as a person, and acted as a mentor, have more than double the odds of being engaged at work and thriving with a sense of well-being. In fact, faculty engaged with students was the number one factor leading to graduate success and well-being.

The Gallup Purdue Index confirms that Hunter Rawlings’ speculation about the questionable value of higher education relative to the focus on educating students was dead on, and that Madison had it right all along.