December 4, 2018
Vincennes University earns high marks for
alumni satisfaction in Gallup survey
VINCENNES, Ind. - If they had to do it all over again, an
impressive 91 percent of Vincennes University alumni surveyed would
still attend the school according to the Gallup-Indiana Graduate
The survey measured workplace engagement, well-being, college
experiences, and alumni attachment. VU scored higher than other
schools in Indiana and outpaced the national averages in many areas.
VU alumni also noted that:
* 85 percent were satisfied
or extremely satisfied with the education they received.
percent strongly agreed or agreed the education they received was
worth the cost.
* 69 percent felt VU prepared them well for
life beyond college.
“VU faculty and staff are dedicated to student learning and
success and this survey shows why they remain our top goals,” VU
President Chuck Johnson said.
The national survey, which included 11 other Indiana schools,
examined the connection between graduates and their alma mater.
Fifty-one percent of alumni surveyed strongly agreed VU was the
perfect school for people like them, confidently placing VU above the
34 percent average nationally and 39 percent among schools across the state.
“Numerous studies show a link between the student-faculty
connection and student learning and success, and VU did very well on
that dimension compared to the Indiana and national samples,” added Johnson.
For VU, 47 percent of alumni strongly agreed that professors
cared about them as a person, decidedly outperforming the 28 percent
national average and 31 percent among other participating schools in Indiana.
VU also ranked very high in alumni who are satisfied with their
employment after graduation. Among VU alumni surveyed, 79 percent
shared they were deeply interested in what they do and 68 percent have
the ideal job. The connection between education and career goals is
especially strong for VU graduates with 50 percent expressing that
their current work is completely related to their undergraduate major
compared to 35 percent nationally and 37 percent throughout the state.
Sixty-percent of VU alumni expressed they are motivated to
achieve their goals and like what they do each day, compared to 53
percent among graduates both nationally and statewide.
“It is particularly gratifying to see how favorably Vincennes
University alumni rate their experiences compared to alumni from other
schools nationally and throughout Indiana,” Johnson said. “Such
results don’t happen overnight. They are the product of years of
planning and effort by everyone in the Vincennes University community.”
Other significant findings reveal that:
* 74 percent of
VU graduates surveyed currently work in Indiana.
* 73 percent
expressed they would study the same major in their degree
* 64 percent strongly agreed at least one professor or
instructor made them excited about learning.
“These results reinforce that VU’s focus on delivering a
quality education produces results for our alumni immediately after
graduation and throughout their careers,” Johnson said.
The web-based survey was conducted from Jan. 22 to Feb. 19,
2018, and 1,338 VU alumni participated. Surveys were submitted by VU
alumni who earned associate degrees between 1950 and 2018. Data from
VU was compared with data from the national Gallup-Purdue Index study
of more than 71,000 college graduates.
In addition to VU, the other Indiana schools that participated
in the survey were Ball State, Butler, Ivy Tech, Calumet College of
St. Joseph, Grace, Indiana University Southeast, Indiana
University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Marian, Purdue University
Northwest, Taylor, and Western Governors University-Indiana. The
Indiana Commission for Higher Education released the survey.
See results for participating Indiana schools at https://www.in.gov/che/4623.htm.
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper and
additional sites such as Indianapolis, Lebanon, and Gibson County. A
leader in developing Early Colleges statewide, VU also offers
instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 35 other states,
and 17 countries, who benefit from tuition and fees that are the
lowest among Indiana campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited
by the Higher Learning Commission.
Indiana’s first college, VU offers focused, quality education,
and is one of only two colleges in the nation founded by a President
of the United States. William Henry Harrison founded VU while serving
as governor of the Indiana Territory. More information is available at
LINK to VU Online Newsroom, click HERE
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell,
Department of University Relations, www.vinu.edu/newsroom