Last week, a new Gallup-Purdue University study was released entitled “Life in College Matters for Life After College” on the tie between a student’s college experience and their engagement with work and personal well-being after graduation. Among other things, it concluded the following:
… the study found that support and experiences in college had more of a relationship to long-term outcomes for these college graduates. For example, if graduates recalled having a professor who cared about them as a person, made them excited about learning, and encouraged them to pursue their dreams, their odds of being engaged at work more than doubled, as did their odds of thriving in all aspects of their well-being. And if graduates had an internship or job in college where they were able to apply what they were learning in the classroom, were actively involved in extracurricular activities and organizations, and worked on projects that took a semester or more to complete, their odds of being engaged at work doubled as well.
These conclusions prompted me to think back to our own #WFUtaughtme teacher appreciation campaign conducted here last October. Spend some time on the campaign page and you will find that our students most certainly do recall “having a professor who cared about them as a person, made them excited about learning, and encouraged them to pursue their dreams.” We’ve always known that strong student-faculty relationships are vitally important to a fruitful and enjoyable college experience. The results of this study assert that they are also integral to work place engagement and high well-being after graduation.