Undergraduate alumni of Catholic University’s business school are more likely to be thriving in both work and wellbeing than their peers nationally, more likely to have obtained a job shortly after graduation, and are nearly twice as likely to feel engaged in their work, according to a Gallup survey released in December 2021.
“Our mission at the Busch School of Business is to prepare business leaders who understand that business is not only about a financial bottom line, but about human dignity. Ethics grounded in Catholic social teaching is central to our approach,” said Andrew Abela, founding dean. “The survey results are very encouraging because they show the experience here at Catholic University is preparing our graduates to succeed personally and professionally.”
The Gallup survey found that more than 80% of the alumni of the Busch School of Business and its predecessor, the Department of Business and Economics, reported they are thriving in their lives, compared with 59% of adults in the United States. This evaluation is based upon five measures of wellbeing: physical, financial, social, community, and purpose, now and looking ahead five years.
The experience with faculty at Catholic University is correlated with higher engagement at work and thriving on wellbeing assessments. A full 89% of alumni reported having at least one professor who got them excited about learning and 45% had a mentor who encouraged them, compared with 35% of other undergraduate business-school alumni.
They also were more likely to report that Catholic University business school faculty had excellent or good expertise in their field and that they were more available outside of class.
Seventy-four percent of Busch School alumni reported having meaningful internships that allowed them to apply their classroom knowledge compared to just 53% of business-major alumni nationally. They also were more active in extracurricular activities.
Undergraduate alumni of the Busch School also reported religion is an important part of their lives (65%), donate money to charity (68% in the last month), and volunteer (47% in the last month).