Lifelong Project Impact

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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 美狮美高梅app-美狮美高梅appv2.3.5苹果版-apple app store-美狮美高梅排行榜 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.

Project work can literally be life changing.
  • Mary Ellen Blunt ‘79
The way it changed my view of the world translates to multiple, different areas of my life. I look at my community as a much smaller piece of a larger world than I used to. I see diversity in a different way.
  • Nicholas Pelletier '09
The biggest impact that project work had on me was the confidence level that it gave me to go out and take challenges head-on and have the confidence that I have a good chance of succeeding.
  • John Kopchik '77
It all applied instantly to what I needed to do when I got out of school. The groundwork was there because of the project.
  • Megan Holmes '05