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Survey of Higher Education Efforts to Assess Job Market Conditions and Student Outcomes

Survey of Higher Education Efforts to Assess Job Market Conditions and Student Outcomes

This study looks closely at how colleges and universities measure job market trends and assess how their graduates are faring. The study helps its readers answer questions such as: how and how often do colleges survey local employers and their own graduates to find out about job market conditions? How much manpower are colleges devoting to the task of assessing job market conditions? Which college departments are most involved? Are they devoting increasing resources to this objective? How are they surveying graduates and employers? What is the role of federal and other data sources? How have colleges been influenced by the Obama Administration's moves to measure the capabilities of colleges in enhancing the work outcomes of their students? What kind of services, software or consultants are colleges using to help them to measure student outcomes?41 colleges and universities participated in the study and data is broken out by college type, size, level of tuition and other variables.

Just a few of the study’s many findings are that:

75% of community college sampled survey local employers.

Colleges in the sample spent a mean of 951 staff hours assessing labor market conditions and graduate outcomes.

54.55% of schools with annual tuition costs of more than $20,000 survey their own alumni about their livelihoods.


THE QUESTIONNAIRE
PARTICIPANTS LIST
Characteristics of the Sample
Describe the apparatus established at your institution to assess job market conditions for your graduates.
Table 1.1 In general over the past three years, which phrase would you say best describes how resources -- budgets, positions, staff time, office space, etc, -- have been allocated to assessing job market trends, determining prospects for your students, and assessing student outcomes in the job market?
Table 1.2 In general over the past three years, which phrase would you say best describes how resources -- budgets, positions, staff time, office space, etc, -- have been allocated to assessing job market trends, determining prospects for your students, and assessing student outcomes in the job market? Broken out by public and private colleges
Table 1.3 In general over the past three years, which phrase would you say best describes how resources -- budgets, positions, staff time, office space, etc, -- have been allocated to assessing job market trends, determining prospects for your students, and assessing student outcomes in the job market? Broken out by Annual Tuition ($)
Table 1.4 In general over the past three years, which phrase would you say best describes how resources -- budgets, positions, staff time, office space, etc, -- have been allocated to assessing job market trends, determining prospects for your students, and assessing student outcomes in the job market? Broken out by Enrollment
Table 1.5 In general over the past three years, which phrase would you say best describes how resources -- budgets, positions, staff time, office space, etc, -- have been allocated to assessing job market trends, determining prospects for your students, and assessing student outcomes in the job market? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class
Table 1.6 In general over the past three years, which phrase would you say best describes how resources -- budgets, positions, staff time, office space, etc, -- have been allocated to assessing job market trends, determining prospects for your students, and assessing student outcomes in the job market? Broken out by Colleges providing data for the entire college vs those providing data for specific programs only
If there has been a change in the amount of resources devoted to surveying the job market for the college's or program's students, what have you added or subtracted in recent years?
What might you add to or subtract from this effort in the near future?
Name the departments or other working units of the college most involved in researching job market conditions for your students and maximizing student outcomes.
Table 2.1 Does your college conduct surveys of employers to find out what they need from employees, especially new or entry level employees?
Table 2.2 Does your college conduct surveys of employers to find out what they need from employees, especially new or entry level employees? Broken out by public and private colleges
Table 2.3 Does your college conduct surveys of employers to find out what they need from employees, especially new or entry level employees? Broken out by Annual Tuition ($)
Table 2.4 Does your college conduct surveys of employers to find out what they need from employees, especially new or entry level employees? Broken out by Enrollment
Table 2.5 Does your college conduct surveys of employers to find out what they need from employees, especially new or entry level employees? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class
Table 2.6 Does your college conduct surveys of employers to find out what they need from employees, especially new or entry level employees? Broken out by Colleges providing data for the entire college vs those providing data for specific programs only
Table 3.1 If yes how much manpower in terms of total hours per year would you say that your college expends in this effort? One person full time would be about 1850 hours per year.
Table 3.2 If yes how much manpower in terms of total hours per year would you say that your college expends in this effort? One person full time would be about 1850 hours per year. Broken out by public and private colleges
Table 3.3 If yes how much manpower in terms of total hours per year would you say that your college expends in this effort? One person full time would be about 1850 hours per year. Broken out by Annual Tuition ($)
Table 3.4 If yes how much manpower in terms of total hours per year would you say that your college expends in this effort? One person full time would be about 1850 hours per year. Broken out by Enrollment
Table 3.5 If yes how much manpower in terms of total hours per year would you say that your college expends in this effort? One person full time would be about 1850 hours per year. Broken out by college type or Carnegie class
Table 3.6 If yes how much manpower in terms of total hours per year would you say that your college expends in this effort? One person full time would be about 1850 hours per year. Broken out by Colleges providing data for the entire college vs those providing data for specific programs only
Table 4.1 Has the college to the best of your knowledge hired a consultant to advise on how to improve employment prospects for the college's graduates?
Table 4.2 Has the college to the best of your knowledge hired a consultant to advise on how to improve employment prospects for the college's graduates? Broken out by public and private colleges
Table 4.3 Has the college to the best of your knowledge hired a consultant to advise on how to improve employment prospects for the college's graduates? Broken out by Annual Tuition ($)
Table 4.4 Has the college to the best of your knowledge hired a consultant to advise on how to improve employment prospects for the college's graduates? Broken out by Enrollment
Table 4.5 Has the college to the best of your knowledge hired a consultant to advise on how to improve employment prospects for the college's graduates? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class
Table 4.6 Has the college to the best of your knowledge hired a consultant to advise on how to improve employment prospects for the college's graduates? Broken out by Colleges providing data for the entire college vs those providing data for specific programs only
If so which company did you hire, what was their entrusted task and how did it work out?
Table 5.1 Does your college use unemployment insurance wage data from the US federal government to help assess the income outcomes of its graduates and assess which college programs are achieving the best results in the job market?
Table 5.2 Does your college use unemployment insurance wage data from the US federal government to help assess the income outcomes of its graduates and assess which college programs are achieving the best results in the job market? Broken out by public and private colleges
Table 5.3 Does your college use unemployment insurance wage data from the US federal government to help assess the income outcomes of its graduates and assess which college programs are achieving the best results in the job market? Broken out by Annual Tuition ($)
Table 5.4 Does your college use unemployment insurance wage data from the US federal government to help assess the income outcomes of its graduates and assess which college programs are achieving the best results in the job market? Broken out by Enrollment
Table 5.5 Does your college use unemployment insurance wage data from the US federal government to help assess the income outcomes of its graduates and assess which college programs are achieving the best results in the job market? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class
Table 5.6 Does your college use unemployment insurance wage data from the US federal government to help assess the income outcomes of its graduates and assess which college programs are achieving the best results in the job market? Broken out by Colleges providing data for the entire college vs those providing data for specific programs only
Table 6.1 Does the college use integrated state unemployment insurance-related wage data available from the US Department of Labor under the Wris2 data sharing program that enables states to track how graduates of colleges in the state who move out of state have performed in the job market?
Table 6.2 Does the college use integrated state unemployment insurance-related wage data available from the US Department of Labor under the Wris2 data sharing program that enables states to track how graduates of colleges in the state who move out of state have performed in the job market? Broken out by public and private colleges
Table 6.3 Does the college use integrated state unemployment insurance-related wage data available from the US Department of Labor under the Wris2 data sharing program that enables states to track how graduates of colleges in the state who move out of state have performed in the job market? Broken out by Annual Tuition ($)
Table 6.4 Does the college use integrated state unemployment insurance-related wage data available from the US Department of Labor under the Wris2 data sharing program that enables states to track how graduates of colleges in the state who move out of state have performed in the job market? Broken out by Enrollment
Table 6.5 Does the college use integrated state unemployment insurance-related wage data available from the US Department of Labor under the Wris2 data sharing program that enables states to track how graduates of colleges in the state who move out of state have performed in the job market? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class
Table 6.6 Does the college use integrated state unemployment insurance-related wage data available from the US Department of Labor under the Wris2 data sharing program that enables states to track how graduates of colleges in the state who move out of state have performed in the job market? Broken out by Colleges providing data for the entire college vs those providing data for specific programs only
How does your college use the Census Department's Quality Workforce Indicators in its efforts to assess labor market conditions and the performance of its graduates and programs? If so how do you use this data?
What sources of information does the college use to benchmark its job placement results?
Table 7.1 Does the college regularly or formally interview alumni to ascertain prospects for upcoming or recent grads in the job market?
Table 7.2 Does the college regularly or formally interview alumni to ascertain prospects for upcoming or recent grads in the job market? Broken out by public and private colleges
Table 7.3 Does the college regularly or formally interview alumni to ascertain prospects for upcoming or recent grads in the job market? Broken out by Annual Tuition ($)
Table 7.4 Does the college regularly or formally interview alumni to ascertain prospects for upcoming or recent grads in the job market? Broken out by Enrollment
Table 7.5 Does the college regularly or formally interview alumni to ascertain prospects for upcoming or recent grads in the job market? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class
Table 7.6 Does the college regularly or formally interview alumni to ascertain prospects for upcoming or recent grads in the job market? Broken out by Colleges providing data for the entire college vs those providing data for specific programs only
What role do alumni play in your college's efforts to understand job markets?
How do you compile information about the performance of your graduates in job markets?
Table 8.1 How would you assess the quality of the information that you have about job outcomes for your graduates?
Table 8.2 How would you assess the quality of the information that you have about job outcomes for your graduates? Broken out by public and private colleges
Table 8.3 How would you assess the quality of the information that you have about job outcomes for your graduates? Broken out by Annual Tuition ($)
Table 8.4 How would you assess the quality of the information that you have about job outcomes for your graduates? Broken out by Enrollment
Table 8.5 How would you assess the quality of the information that you have about job outcomes for your graduates? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class
Table 8.6 How would you assess the quality of the information that you have about job outcomes for your graduates? Broken out by Colleges providing data for the entire college vs those providing data for specific programs only
How does the college compile its database of graduate outcome results in the labor market?
Table 9.1 How aggressively do you feature your graduates outcome results in your college marketing efforts?
Table 9.2 How aggressively do you feature your graduates outcome results in your college marketing efforts? Broken out by public and private colleges
Table 9.3 How aggressively do you feature your graduates outcome results in your college marketing efforts? Broken out by Annual Tuition ($)
Table 9.4 How aggressively do you feature your graduates outcome results in your college marketing efforts? Broken out by Enrollment
Table 9.5 How aggressively do you feature your graduates outcome results in your college marketing efforts? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class
Table 9.6 How aggressively do you feature your graduates outcome results in your college marketing efforts? Broken out by Colleges providing data for the entire college vs those providing data for specific programs only
What information resources -- blogs, conferences, research reports, government statistics, magazines, ezines, trade and professional association literature, newsletters, videos, etc. -- do you find most useful in assessing trends in the job market?
Advise your peers on some of the best practices you have discovered in assessing job markets and making appropriate adjustments to your academic and/or training programs to achieve higher levels of employment, satisfaction or income for your students.
How is your college preparing for the potential implementation of federal policies that would rate colleges partially on the demonstrated ability of their graduates to find jobs?

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