Project Outcomes

Project Work Pays Off

A national survey of college graduates confirms a concept that WPI has long known—that students who complete intensive projects gain many benefits later in work and life.

2014 Gallup-Purdue Index Report Findings

According to the 2014 Gallup-Purdue index report, graduates who undertook college projects that lasted a semester or longer are nearly twice as likely as those who did not to:

  • feel productive, enthusiastic, and satisfied in their jobs;
  • feel emotionally connected with their alma maters;
  • and are more likely to report positive well-being in their personal lives

The survey, from Gallup, Inc., and Purdue University, identifies two additional factors, both at the center of the WPI project experience, that strongly contribute to graduates’ work and life well-being: close interaction with professors and preparation for real-life challenges.

Powerful Long-Term Project Impact

The recent WPI Alumni Survey, conducted by the UMass Donahue Institute, delved even deeper to undercover the long-term professional and personal benefits of project-based learning. Alumni from a span of 38 years reported that their project experiences positively impacted them across a range of areas, including:

  • Professional abilities such as developing ideas, solving problems, and using current technology
  • Interpersonal and communication skills, from being team players to taking leadership roles
  • Professional advancement and the ability to succeed and move ahead in business
  • Increased cultural awareness and expanded world views
  • Personal growth including character development and achieving a work/life balance
  • Continued connection to the WPI community