Gender and age: the universal bases of social differentiation. E. g. , gender and the role of choice in post-secondary education. Reported by frank bruni in ny times (20150913) A joint project of gallup and purdue university. The largest representative study of college graduates in. Surveyed about 30000 college graduates of all ages and released a first report in may, 2014. A second report is due at the end of this month. Measuring success after college: influences on life satisfaction. The outcome index measures graduates" professed engagement or satisfaction with their job. Also their assessments of their reported satisfaction with five dimensions: Finding: where you go to school doesn"t matter much. The kind of school students had attended didn"t matter much: i. e. public or private. Conclusion: don"t spend big bucks on a college degree. Graduates are more satisfied if, during college, they did any one of these: Took on a project that lasted a semester or more.