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“No Regrets,” says 90% of University Young Alumni

by Benjamin Skye | December 16, 2010 | Newsletters 0 Comments

This newsletter is written as a summary and a response to the article “Nearly 90% of Young Alumni Say Going to College Was Worth It, Survey Finds” published online on December 13, 2010 by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the most prestigious publication in U.S. Higher Education.

Most students who are unsure about studying in the US should take a look at the high satisfaction rate reported by US Universities' young alumni.

International students who are still unsure about studying in the US should take a look at the high satisfaction rate reported by US Universities' young alumni.

High school students who are still trying to decide whether or not to go to university, especially overseas in the United States, should look no further then at a recent survey conducted by The American Council on Education.

Abilene Christian University, one of ELI 360's partner universities, is ranked 19th by US News and World Report's annual university review. ACU is one of nine tier one universities that ELI 360 works with.

Abilene Christian University, one of ELI 360's partner universities, is ranked 19th by US News and World Report's annual university review. ACU is one of nine tier one universities that ELI 360 works with.

A national poll about young-alumni satisfaction was commissioned by the Council this year, with a similar follow up survey conducted on 22 other institutions that volunteered to take part in the study. The survey was aimed at alumni between the ages of 25 and 39, with 400 individuals randomly selected to make up the sample group.

Here are the key results according to this study:

  • An overwhelming 89% of young alumni responded that their experience had been worth it.
  • In addition, 85% of the same group of students also responded positively when asked if they felt that their time in university had prepared them adequately for the job positions they now held.
  • Also, 80% of young alumni said they would attend the same institution/university again if given the chance.
  • 31% of young alumni suggested that the primary role of the university was to teach students to think critically while a further 28% saw the chief function of the university as preparing their students for employment.
  • Despite the rising cost of university over the past few years, 75% of the respondents still said that the cost of tuition was fair.

What are the implications of this study? The two most important lessons international students can draw from this study are:

Union University, another ELI 360 partner, is ranked 15th by the US News and World Report review and also falls under their Tier One category.

Union University, another ELI 360 partner, is ranked 15th by the US News and World Report review and also falls under their Tier One category.

First, a huge majority (almost 90%) of students studying in American universities are extremely satisfied with the quality of education they are receiving from their institutions. The great number of satisfied young alumni indicates that American universities have strong academic programs that are relevant to their students.  International students should see this as proof from their American peers who have graduated that American universities are excellent institutions of higher learning overall.

Second, American Universities are very adept at preparing their students for the working world. In general, the current state of American Higher Education provides a conducive environment for helping university students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills they need to be successful wherever they are employed. The fact that so many of these alumni (80%) are willing to go back to their school if they had to choose all over again is another strong indicator that students are growing and learning while at university.

An overwhelming number of young alumni believe that their university prepared them adequately for the working world.

An overwhelming number of young alumni believe that their university prepared them adequately for the working world.

International students who are still unsure about the value of studying in the US should look at this study and realize that American Universities do indeed offer high-quality university education – a fact that is testified to by the alumni. ELI 360’s partner universities are all excellent institutions of education with a huge emphasis on developing individuals. ELI 360 has also actively screened through the universities that we work with and only select institutions that fit our 13 Characteristics of Excellence. In short, students who apply with ELI 360 can trust that the schools we offer are some of the best universities in the nation.

Citation:

Kiley, Kevin. “Nearly 90% of Young Alumni Say Going to College Was Worth It, Survey Finds.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Available from http://chronicle.com/article/Nearly-90-of-Young-Alumni-Say/125712/. Internet; accessed 16 December 2010.

To read the original article on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s website, click here.

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