This Week's Message
As the year comes to an end, let me thank you once again for a job well done and for your commitment to our college, its mission and our students. As we leave for the summer and gear up for another academic year starting in August, I would like to share some information that we all can reflect on over the summer months.
Many of you are aware of the recent Gallup-Purdue Index report titled, "Great Jobs, Great Lives". This report sheds important light on the factors that contribute to great jobs and lives (better engagement and well-being) of college graduates. The data (sample size 30,000) was self-reported by college graduates and addresses three primary categories: workplace engagement, well-being and alumni attachment. For the full report, click above link.
Highlights of the findings are summarized below:
- If an employed graduate had a professor who cared about him or her as a person, a professor who made them excited about learning, and a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their dreams, the graduates' odds of being engaged at work more than doubled. Only 14% of graduates reported having had all three.
- If employed graduates feel their college prepared them well for life outside of it, the odds that they are engaged at work increase nearly three times.
- If college graduates are engaged at work, the odds are nearly five times greater that they will thrive in all five elements of well-being (purpose, social, financial, community, and physical).
- The odds of thriving in all areas of well-being more than double for college graduates when they feel their college prepared them well for life outside of it.
- Graduates who felt "supported" during their time in college are six times more likely to be emotionally attached to their alma mater.
So how do we compare? Quite well. Mark Salisbury put together an interesting table to show how we fare in each of these categories (Click HERE and read Mark's blog).
Bottom line: YOU MAKE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE every single day when it comes to engagement and well-being of our graduates!
With that, have a great summer-and please take some time away from your office and grading on May 21 to join us in Gävle from 11 a.m. to noon. We will celebrate our accomplishments and a great year with our friends and colleagues across campus.