CONTRIBUTING TO THE GREATER GOOD
Walden University is a Certified B Corporation®, which signifies that a company has met standards of social and environmental impact, accountability, and transparency assessed against the proprietary criteria established by B Lab®, an independent nonprofit organization.†
†More details at www.WaldenU.edu/about/b-corp.
High Levels of Community Engagement
More than 29,000 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other members of the Walden community and Laureate International Universities network participated in Global Days of Service in October 2017, helping to make a difference in the lives of people worldwide through more than 150 service projects totaling more than 280,000 volunteer hours.
Walden alumni have a 66% average rate of volunteerism, compared with the national average among college graduates of 39%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016).‡
‡2017 Walden Alumni Satisfaction Survey; % calculated on total number of respondents to Walden’s 2017 survey. Comparison data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was reported last on February 25, 2016, using data gathered between September 2014 and September 2015. www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/volun.pdf.
Innovative Leaders in Distance Education
WALDEN WAS THE SIXTH INSTITUTION APPROVED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TO OFFER DIRECT ASSESSMENT COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION.
In 2015, Walden University introduced Tempo Learning®, a competency-based education experience for students who want to earn a degree on their terms. The initial program offered through Tempo Learning was the MS in Early Childhood Studies, which was also the nation’s first competency-based master’s early childhood education program. Walden continues to expand its competency-based education offerings, including both degree and certificate programs.
Diverse and Inclusive
- The university has a total enrollment of more than 55,000 students as of December 31, 2017. Students reside in all 50 states and in more than 150 countries.§
- The average age of a Walden student is 40.§
- Walden’s student population is 46% minority and 75% female.§
- Walden University is ranked No. 1 for conferring graduate degrees in multiple disciplines to African-American students and all minority students combined, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s 2017 Top 100 Producers of Minority Graduate Degrees.**
- Walden is No. 1 among 370 accredited U.S. institutions for awarding doctorates to African Americans, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates, National Science Foundation.††
- According to the 2016 Walden University Study: Career and Well-Being Outcomes, conducted by Gallup, Walden University masters and doctoral graduates are thriving and advancing in their careers. Gallup conducted web surveys of Walden masters and doctoral degree holders and a nationally representative sample of graduate degree holders, including an online comparison group. This study finds Walden alumni reflect a more diverse population than the other graduate degree holders surveyed, and the results demonstrate that Walden’s graduates fare well not only when compared with other online graduates, but also with graduate programs nationally.
- Most notably, among graduates who have been promoted, achieved a salary raise or changed careers since obtaining their graduate degrees, Walden graduates are more likely to cite their degree as being important to getting promoted (81% vs. 76% online comparison group or 70% nationally), achieving a salary raise (74% vs. 71% and 69% respectively), and successfully changing careers (82% vs. 76% for each of the two groups).‡‡
§Fall 2017 enrollment data
**Source: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education analysis of U.S. Department of Education reports submitted by institutions, on the internet at http://diverseeducation.com/top100/.
††Survey of Earned Doctorates, National Science Foundation, “Table 9: Top 20 doctorate-granting institutions ranked by number of minority U.S. citizen and permanent resident doctorate recipients, by race and ethnicity of recipient: 5-year total, 2011–15,” on the internet at www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17306/data/tab9.pdf. The survey included 370 accredited U.S. institutions. The population for the 2015 SED consists of all individuals receiving a research doctorate from a U.S. academic institution in the 12-month period beginning 1 July 2014 and ending 30 June 2015. Recipients of professional doctoral degrees are not included in the SED.
‡‡ Results from the Gallup-Walden Study of graduate degree holders are based on web surveys conducted in early 2016. The online comparison group refers to graduate degree holders who completed at least half of their graduate courses online and who were interviewed via the national graduate study. www.WaldenU.edu/gallup.
Demonstrated Financial Aid Outcomes
According to data released by the U.S. Department of Education, Walden’s 2014 three-year cohort default rate of 7.5% is below the 11.5% national average student loan default rate. The most recent default rate data represent the cohort of borrowers whose first loan repayments were due between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014, and who defaulted between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2016. The data were collected from 6,173 participating institutions.§§
§§U.S. Department of Education on the internet at http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/defaultmanagement/cdr.html.