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    Inside Higher Ed - 02/07/2014

    One college leader who urged a focus on post-graduation success was Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University, an institution known for its co-op program, which many graduates credit with getting them on the path to good jobs. Aoun wrote that it was important to broaden outcome measures beyond graduation rates and to consider “the work colleges are doing to prepare students for long-term career success.”

    But Aoun cautioned against simple measures and stressed the need to develop sophisticated ways to evaluate success. He noted alumni surveys not only of salaries, but of career satisfaction, “long-term return on investment,” student loan debt-to-income ratios, and “sense of purpose several years after graduation.” He said that Northeastern and some other colleges are working on such surveys, which could be useful.