Are we fulfilling the promise of The Furman Advantage and providing lifelong value to our students? If so, in what ways? If not, where are our gaps? Last year, Furman University partnered with Gallup to raise these questions, establish a baseline, and develop a plan forward. Since the partnership began, we have surveyed our students, alumni, faculty and staff to measure engagement.
With our alumni study, we have identified historic strengths that have produced Furman graduates who, compared to national averages, are highly engaged at work and thriving in life. But in what ways do we build upon these strengths? How do we ensure that every student benefits from The Furman Advantage – an individualized, integrated four-year pathway promised to all students?
Our students and graduates have an advantage. From professors who care about their students to strong mentors who encourage students to pursue their goals and dreams, Furman University surpasses the national average in Gallup’s “Big Six” college experiences. Positive experiences in these six areas mean that our alumni are more likely to be engaged at work and thriving in wellbeing.
Furman faculty and staff engagement results place us in the top quartile for workplace engagement. As Gallup’s research in higher education has revealed, faculty and staff engagement is the number-one driver of student engagement.
By leveraging our strengths and addressing any gaps, we’re excited to see in real numbers the impact that The Furman Advantage will have for our students and graduates. Our research, which benchmarks our progress so far, will guide us in getting even better at what we do. Already …