College Gets High Marks in National Alumni Survey

December 14, 2010

Recent graduates of Thomas Edison State College gave their alma mater high marks in a national study released this week by the American Council on Education (ACE) that focuses on the satisfaction of college graduates between the ages of 25 and 39 years old.

Thomas Edison State College alumni who took the ACE Young Alumni Survey said they were satisfied with the college and that the education they received was worth the cost. Specific highlights from the survey included:

  • 85 percent of Thomas Edison State College alumni said they were effectively prepared with the knowledge and skills they needed, compared to 81 percent nationally.
  • 90 percent of Thomas Edison State College alumni said their alma mater charged a fair price for their college education, compared to 76 percent nationally.
  • 96 percent of Thomas Edison State College alumni said they believed their college education was worth it, compared to 89 percent nationally.
  • 78 percent of Thomas Edison State College alumni said they would attend the same school if they could begin again, compared to 79 percent nationally.

“We are honored that our alumni took time to participate in this important survey, which indicates that institutions of higher education across the country, and here in New Jersey, are meeting the needs of their students,” said George A. Pruitt, president of Thomas Edison State College and a member of the ACE Board of Directors. “We were especially pleased to hear our alumni say the college prepared them with the skills they needed and that they consider Thomas Edison State College a good value.”

View complete survey of Thomas Edison State College graduates.

The survey was conducted for ACE by the Washington, D.C-based Winston Group and included 8,800 alumni from 22 colleges and universities from across the country, which volunteered to participate in the survey. Approximately 400 Thomas Edison State College graduates participated in the survey.

Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 12 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults, Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The College is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. Further information about admission to the College may be obtained by calling (888) 442-8372, via e-mail at or by visiting the College website at