WPI’s distinctive project-based educational model has been praised by the most recognized and valued resources in the academic world, as well as by those who know the benefits of a WPI education firsthand — WPI students and alumni.
While we’ve never had any doubt about the value of this method of education, we now have powerful empirical evidence of its effectiveness—an extensive study of more than 2,500 WPI alumni has confirmed that there are lifelong professional and personal benefits of experiential, hands-on learning through project work.
From a 2012 survey of alumni from the classes of 1974 through 2011, conducted by the UMass Donahue Institute, alumni reported that project work influenced them in a wide range of ways. The study revealed that project work helped alumni develop professional abilities, foster professional advancement, enhance their world views, and enrich their personal lives. The survey delved even deeper to uncover the long-term professional and personal benefits of project-based learning, reporting that their project experiences positively impacted them across a range of areas:
Of the more than 2,500 alumni across a span of 38 years who responded to this 2012 survey on the impact of their project experiences:
These WPI alumni confirmed the findings of a 2014 Gallup-Purdue index poll that showed students who undertook long-term college projects report more career satisfaction and stronger connections to professional satisfaction, advancement, and personal enrichment.