ERIC Number: ED318306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun-6
Attracting Quality Graduates to the Federal Government: A View of College Recruiting; A Report to the President and the Congress of the United States by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.
Merit Systems Protection Board, Washington, DC.
This report summarizes the findings from a survey of selected college and university deans and placement officials on student attitudes towards the federal government as an employer. The United States Merit Systems Protection Board surveyed 72 schools highly rated in seven college curriculums. The seven curriculums were selected because they are significant recruitment sources for the most populous occupations in the federal government which are typically filled by college graduates. Curriculums included were engineering, computer science, law, nursing, accounting, liberal arts, and public administration. Results suggest that the government is not perceived as an "employer of choice" by many graduates of some of the country's most highly rated academic institutions. A perception existed that federal jobs pay less than comparable jobs in the private sector. Even among those graduates who have a positive view of the government as an employer, many are perplexed by the "civil service hiring labyrinth" and find little active encouragement on the part of most federal agencies. Recommendations conclude the report. An appendix lists institutions responding to the survey. (JDD)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Students, Deans, Employment Opportunities, Federal Government, Higher Education, Personnel Needs, Quality of Working Life, Recruitment, Student Attitudes
U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, 1120 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20419.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Merit Systems Protection Board, Washington, DC.