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Measuring Success


This project relates to My Meaningful Life. Across the world, educational institutions currently measure success by graduation rates, employment and salary information. Those things are important to some people – but don’t measure the institution’s ability to deliver purposeful learning for a meaningful life. What if you could set your own goals before starting your education – then use those goals to evaluate your college or university when you graduate? Did your learning experience enable you to meet your goals? How would the educational system change if you were able to create your own definition of success and hold the institutions accountable for helping you achieve it? This project explores new ways to develop and test learner-driven rankings for institutions.


The first stage of this project was to define success from the student perspective. The project leads interviewed students across the province to identify the most applicable and measurable metrics and indicators of the definition of success – the key distinction is that the definition of success will come from the student perspective. Through interviews, information was gathered on what success means to those who have attended a post-secondary institution. First order themes from these interviews were compiled in a document for analysis. From here, higher order themes were identified and became the basis for a survey:

  • Job vs. Life
  • “Being a good human”
  • Marketable skills
  • School outcomes
  • Non-academic skills
  • Influences
  • Successful life irrespective of school


This project is currently on hold.


Alessia Guthrie , Caileigh McKnight, Danny Chang

Category: Higher Education

Form: Human Centered Design