Postgraduate Outcomes of College Students: New Directions for Institutional Research, Number 169
DescriptionThe post-graduation outcomes of college students are being more widely used as key metrics to demonstrate institutional effectiveness to both external agencies and internal stakeholders. Institutional research offices play an integral role in these data collection efforts. However, underlying challenges exist regarding obtaining an adequate amount of survey responses and salary or earnings information.
This volume focuses on the first-destination outcomes (e.g., earnings, employment, graduate/ professional school enrollment) of college graduates while recognizing that other outcomes are also relevant across institutional settings. Through the use of current research, case studies, and best practices, each chapter highlights how postgraduate outcomes information is collected and used
across the higher education spectrum.
In this volume readers will learn:
- the internal and external demands for these data,
- the strengths and challenges of their data, and
- how to best communicate these data to various constituents.
This is the 169th volume of this Jossey-Bass quarterly report series. Timely and comprehensive, New Directions for Institutional Research provides planners and administrators in all types of academic institutions with guidelines in such areas as resource coordination, information analysis, program evaluation, and institutional management.
Jerold S. Laguilles, Mary Ann Coughlin, Heather A. Kelly, Allison M. Walters
1. Postgraduate Outcomes in American Higher Education 11
Mary Ann Coughlin, Jerold S. Laguilles, Heather A. Kelly, Allison M. Walters
Institutions of higher education are under increased scrutiny from all stakeholders to define the value of the credentials they award. National efforts such as the College Scorecard are discussed, along with the challenges of defining and collecting first-destination outcomes.
2. Collecting and Using Postgraduate Outcomes Data at a Private College 25
Jerold S. Laguilles
This chapter describes how a private college has improved its postgraduate data-collection efforts and results based on the recommended First-Destination Survey standards of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Data results are utilized at the institutional and program level, and interpreted based on the institutional context.
3. First-Destination Outcomes at a Public Research University: Aligning Our Survey With a Set of Standards 37
Heather A. Kelly, Allison M. Walters
Building on its long history of collecting postgraduate outcomes, a public research university decided to adopt theNational Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First-Destination Survey standards. This chapter presents the enhanced survey and knowledge rate efforts along with survey results compared with NACE benchmarks.
4. So Much More Than Salary: Outcomes Research in the Liberal Arts 51
Liberal arts colleges must define their own college value proposition within the mission of a liberal education. This chapter draws on case studies from four institutions and reflects on the inherent challenges of interjecting the complex values of the liberal arts into a national discussion focused on the financial bottom line.
5. Community Colleges: Preparing Students for Diverse Careers 61
Lou A. Guthrie
Community colleges serve students with a variety of educational and career goals, and it is challenging tomeasure and demonstrate their successful outcomes. This chapter reviews community colleges’ measures of success, including transfer activities, and strategies for effectively communicating outcomes data to stakeholders.
6. Leading Gainful Employment Metric Reporting 73
Kristina Powers, Derek MacPherson
U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment reporting requirements should be examined by institutional researchers. This chapter recommends why and how institutional research should lead an institution’s collaborative reporting efforts on gainful employment.
7. Using State Workforce Data to Examine Postgraduation Outcomes 87
David R. Troutman, Jessica M. Shedd
State workforce data offer the opportunity to move beyond selfreported survey data when examining postcollegiate outcomes. This chapter provides an introduction to state workforce data, specifically unemployment insurance (UI) wage records, and their strengths and limitations for informing postgraduate outcomes.