The Post-Collegiate Life Project began in 1987 with a survey of graduates from three Hobart & William Smith Colleges (HWS) class cohorts (graduating classes of 1979, 1982, and 1985). The survey asked questions about their post-collegiate lives in terms of friendship and family transitions, careers and post-graduate education, and health and well-being. This research has subsequently become the longest running study of post-college life in higher education involving remarkable response rates from entire graduating classes. The Project has expanded over the years and now includes graduates of 15 class cohorts spanning 40 years from the Class of 1979 to the Class of 2018 with surveys launched in 1987, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2019. Special topics of research in these data have included issues of stress and careers, gender roles and parenting, alcohol use and abuse, shifting life goals and values, experiences of forgiveness in the life course, and retrospective assessments of undergraduate academic preparation for careers and life experience in a global context. The Project is directed by H. Wesley Perkins, Professor of Sociology at HWS.

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