WPI Alumni Survey

Powerful Long-Term Project Impact

From a 2012 survey of 2,526 WPI 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:

  • 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

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.