Public Benefit Corporation
In 2015, Laureate Education converted to a Public Benefit Corporation as a demonstration of its long-term commitment to its mission to benefit our students and society. Laureate Education also elected to have its social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency assessed against the proprietary criteria established by an independent, non-profit organization, which has designated us as a “Certified B Corporation.” We have achieved a rigorous form of certification for social responsibility through Laureate Education and Walden becoming Certified B Corporations®.
High Levels of Community Engagement
More than 20,500 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and others from the Laureate International Universities network, participated in Walden’s Global Days of Service from October 12–18, 2015, helping to make a difference in the lives of people worldwide through more than 240 global projects totaling 125,000 volunteer hours.
Walden alumni have a 64% average rate of volunteerism, compared with the national average among college graduates of 39%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014).*
*(2015 Walden Alumni Satisfaction Survey; www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey)
Innovative Leaders in Distance Education
Walden is One of Only Six Institutions Approved by the U.S. Government to Offer Direct Assessment Competency-Based Education
Walden University introduced Tempo Learning™ in 2015, a self-paced educational experience for students who want to earn their degree on their terms. The initial program offered through Tempo Learning was the competency-based MS in Early Childhood Studies. Walden became only the sixth institution with direct assessment approval by the U.S. Department of Education, and this particular program is the nation’s first competency-based master’s program in early childhood that uses this learning modality. Walden has since added competency-based Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) programs.
Diverse and Inclusive
- The average age of a Walden student is 39.
- The university’s more than 52,600 students reside in all 50 states and in more than 155 countries.
- Walden’s student population is 56% minority and 76% female.**
- Walden University’s master’s and doctoral programs were ranked among the top five in multiple categories in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s 2015 Top 100 Producers of Minority Graduate Degrees.
- Walden is No. 1 among 377 accredited U.S. institutions for awarding doctorates to African Americans, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates, National Science Foundation.
** Fall 2015 enrollment data
Demonstrated Financial Aid Outcomes
The U.S. Department of Education’s Cohort Default Rate (CDR) demonstrates an institution’s borrower’s ability to manage their debt against default. Walden’s CDR of 6.8% is below the national average of 11.8% for all U.S. institutions.
The average annual federal student loan amounts of Walden graduate degree-level borrowers was not statistically different to the federal loan amounts of students at public and private non-profit institutions from 2011 through 2012. This is according to a recent study by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) analyzing Walden’s loan data and data from the 2011-2012 National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey.
Surveys Indicate Student Satisfaction
More than 90% of Walden graduates who responded say they are very satisfied or satisfied with Walden. (2015 Walden Alumni Satisfaction Survey; www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey)
More than 97% of employers of our graduates who responded say they would hire another Walden graduate. (2015 Walden Employer Survey; www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey)