Study measuring college value prizes engagement over elite

Job placement and income have traditionally been key yardsticks for assessing the value of a college education. But a Gallup-Purdue survey of more than 30,000 graduates in all 50 states focuses on whether graduates have had a good life in terms of well-being, satisfaction and career engagement. Judy Woodruff talks to Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, a partner in the study.


How do you assess the value of one’s degree and of higher education overall as a graduate moves forward? Many studies have looked at job placement and income as a key metric. But a new study measures it differently, focusing on whether a graduate has a good life in terms of well-being, satisfaction and engagement in a career.
The report comes from a survey of more than 30,000 graduates in all 50 states. It was done by Gallup in partnership with Purdue University and the Lumina Foundation.

Earlier this week, I spoke with the president of Purdue, also the former governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels.

And, for the record, the Lumina Foundation is a funder of the NewsHour.

Mitch Daniels, welcome to the NewsHour.