Gallup - "Great Jobs, Great Lives!"

The College of Wooster is doing “exactly what should be happening.”

The Gallup organization surveyed 30,000 college graduates to find out what elements of their college experience were most closely associated with feelings of engagement in their work, and satisfaction with their lives overall. Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education, had this to say about the results:

“As it relates to those two measures – effectively what you would say is having a great job and a great life, the way we measure it – mentoring, whether you had a mentor during college who encouraged your goals and dreams, was the single most important thing linked to those long-term outcomes.

“mentoring, whether you had a mentor during college who encouraged your goals and dreams, was the single most important thing linked to those long-term outcomes.”

Importance of Mentoring

So nationally among all colleges and universities, we found that only 22% of all college graduates strongly agreed that they had a mentor who encouraged their goals and dreams during college, which is to say that eight out of 10 did not… We also found that those who said they worked on a long-term project that took a semester or more to complete, that also moved the needle on these long-term outcomes. Obviously, the description and values that The College of Wooster has placed on mentoring, on applied learning, project-based learning, all those things, according to our research at least, are exactly what should be happening.

Innovation in Education

For the institutions that are getting 90% of their students to a place where they had a mentoring relationship, or 100% who had an internship where they applied what they were learning – there are examples out there – they are going to be enormously successful, and my point is, they are going to be so unusual because they’re going to be outperforming everybody else. That, I think, is going to be the real disruptive innovation in education.”

Wooster Facts

  • 100% of Wooster students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor.
  • 97% say their professors care about their students’ success.
  • 90% of Wooster seniors have two or more faculty mentors who can provide professional recommendations.
  • 95% are employed within six months of graduation.
  • 94% are accepted by their top-choice graduate school.