Gallup Survey Finds Capella University Alumni Beat National Average for Workplace Engagement; Report Above-Average Satisfaction with Their Alma Mater

Capella graduates more likely than peers nationwide to be in first
generation in their family to earn a college degree

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#alumni–A new report issued by Gallup has found that 44 percent of Capella
University alumni meet Gallup’s definition of workplace engagement,
surpassing the national average of 32 percent of all Americans engaged
at work, as reported in the yearly Gallup
Employee Engagement study

According to the Gallup survey completed by more than 5,000 Capella
University alumni, 79 percent of Capella University graduates agree that
Capella was the perfect school for them, surpassing the national average
of college graduates nationwide at every degree level. Other findings
regarding strong career success include:

  • Seventy-two percent of Capella graduates agree that their career is
    positively affected by a Capella degree.
  • Eight in 10 agree that they are deeply interested in the work they do.
  • Eighty-seven percent of Capella alumni say their current work is
    somewhat or completely related to their degree.

Beyond the workplace, results also show that at Capella:

  • The majority of graduates are first-generation students, greatly
    exceeding the national average for graduate programs.

    • Fifty-nine percent of master’s alumni and 63 percent of doctoral
      alumni compared to 38 and 30 percent respectively.
  • Students are challenged academically (86 percent of alumni agree).
  • Eighty-two percent of alumni agree that they had a professor at
    Capella who made them excited about learning.
  • Master’s and doctoral graduates surpass Gallup’s national benchmarks
    for the number of graduates who are women and people of color.

“Since our founding, the mission of Capella University has been to
extend access to high-quality degree programs for adults who seek to
maximize their personal and professional potential,” said Dr. Richard
Senese, university president and chief academic officer. “We’re pleased
to see that our mission is reflected in the experiences of our alumni.”

The Gallup-Purdue Index used within Gallup’s survey of Capella alumni is
a representative study of more than 30,000 U.S. college alumni, which
examines the long-term success of graduates. It was established to
create a more holistic understanding of student success, including
whether universities are graduating students who are engaged in their
jobs and satisfied in their personal lives.

To learn about the Gallup-Purdue Index results, click here.

About Capella University

Capella University (
is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1993, the
university is dedicated to providing flexible, professionally aligned
online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their
careers. As of September 30, 2016, more than 37,500 students were
enrolled in Capella’s bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate
programs. Known for its commitment to learner success, academic quality
and innovations in online education, Capella pioneered competency-based
direct assessment programs allowing students to learn at their own pace.
Capella University is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capella Education
Company (NASDAQ: CPLA). For more information, call 1.888.CAPELLA


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Alicia Amling, 612-977-4836