Too many universities lack effective graduate surveys to determine the long term benefit of their programs, and to determine the true value of their current tuition rates. If every university surveyed each graduate within the last 5-15 years, perhaps we would get a better understanding of the current and accurate worth of a college degree.
Imagine if we didn’t have any honest reviews or surveys about the restaurants we eat at, or about the cars we drive? Without buyer reviews and surveys, many restaurant and car prices would be unreasonable. All the benefit would be going to poorly managed suppliers. So if the DOE, or an equivalent authority on education (such as an allied country with an effective academic structure), was to develop a cost vs quality graduate survey, then what would the survey ask graduates?
Here’s my practical survey for the graduates of University X. I’m sure you have your own questions to add to determine the true worth of a college program for the modern student:
Did you enjoy your educational experience at University X?
Was the amount of tuition you paid per course reflective of the quality of education you received?
How much debt have you incurred from your time at University X? Do you believe the debt was worth the experience and knowledge gained?
Do you believe the university met your academic needs; and if not, what needs were not met?
Would you recommend University X to someone interested in a college education?
Did the degree help you in your job search? Or, if you were already in a job position, did the degree help you with professional growth or promotion?
How would you describe the level of help the program gave you with regard to your career path?
Are you working in a job that directly relates to your college education?
Would you be able to complete your job without the college education you received from University X?
It would certainly take time and effort to compile the results, but the answers to such questions would tremendously help prospective students determine where the best values exist in the collegiate world, and the results would allow future graduates to build more capital in adulthood instead of paying off high student loan debts.