NOVEMBER 16, 2011
by Vince Moore, Media Relations Director
A new national study commissioned by the Annapolis Group, a consortium of America’s leading liberal arts colleges, has found that graduates of residential liberal arts colleges give their college experience higher marks than do graduates of private or public universities.
Those high marks came in the areas of getting a first job out of college, gaining admission to graduate school, and generally preparing to meet life’s challenges.
Conducted by higher education consulting firm Hardwick Day, the study is based on a total of 2,700 telephone interviews made in 2002 and again in the summer of 2011. It is one of only a few studies that explore the lasting effects of college in such areas as career preparation and advancement, skill development, development of personal and professional values and attitude, and community involvement.
Furman is a member of the Annapolis Group, a non-profit alliance of 130 residential liberal arts colleges. Member schools commissioned the survey to determine how its graduates perceive the effectiveness of its member institutions in comparison to others.