Lifelong Project Impact
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 2,200 WPI alumni has confirmed that there are lifelong professional and personal benefits of experiential, hands-on learning through project work.
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In the 2021 survey—analysis conducted by Hanover Research—alumni were asked to rate the extent to which their project work contributed to 38 professional skills and abilities, world views, and personal attributes. Respondents from this survey reported significantly greater impact from formal project experience across all 38 areas as compared to alumni surveyed in 2012 regarding the same 38 attributes. The 2021 survey also revealed that female alumni reported more positive impact of project work than males in all 38 areas, with the most notable differences in world views and personal impacts.
Of the more than 2,200 alumni across a span of 39 years who responded to the 2021 survey on the impact of their off-campus 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.