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Values that matter

A study of Catholic college and university alumni

A 2006 and 2012 National CCAA study examined how Catholic college and university alumni viewed their college experiences in comparison to alumni from non-Catholic institutions. The study, conducted by higher education consultancy firm Hardwick-Day, demonstrates that attending a Catholic college or university can have positive effects on students – academically and in many other aspects of adult life.

Review highlights from the findings below, or learn more about the results of the Catholic college and university comparative alumni study by downloading the presentations:

View The Values that Matter: Comparative Alumni Research Project, 2006 (PDF) >>

View The Values that Matter: Comparative Alumni Research Project, 2012 (PDF) >>

Highlights from the 2006 study

Statement posed to alumni

Alumni responses from Catholic colleges and universities

Alumni responses from national flagship public universities

My college was effective in helping me develop moral principles that can guide my actions.

80%

35%

My college was effective in helping me develop a sense of purpose in life. 

73%

57%

My college helped me integrate faith with other aspects of life.

57%

12%

My college helped me learn more about faith during my college years.

49%

16%

I personally benefited from my college offering opportunities for spiritual development.

52%

7%

My college experience integrated values and ethics in classroom discussions.

75%

27%

In my college experience, professors often challenged students, but personally helped them meet that challenge.

77%

47%

I personally benefited from my college offering high quality, teaching-oriented faculty.

56%

27%

I had many small classes with fewer than 20 students.

52%

17%

I personally benefited from my college offering a safe campus environment.

59%

31%

There was a sense of community among students.  

82%

53%