ERIC Number: ED480924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Have Graduates' Perceptions Changed Over Time? Research Report 2002-01.
Belcheir, Marcia J.
At the end of every academic year, an alumni survey is administered to recent graduates of Boise State University, Idaho. A great deal of data has accumulated over time, with some covering a 10-year period. Data are available for 1992, 1995, 1997, 2000, and 2001. The smallest sample was 475 in 2000; the largest was 960 in 1995. Findings show that recent graduates have placed more importance on their careers and the skills that will make them employable. Recent graduates also thought that defining and solving problems and being able to draw conclusions from data were more important skills than earlier graduates did. Recent graduates placed less emphasis on developing original products or ideas and thinking objectively about beliefs. Recent graduates thought that Boise State had more impact on developing skills employers need than prior graduates did. In general, recent graduates were less satisfied with their departments than were earlier graduates. Although recent graduates have placed more emphasis on employment skills, they have not seemed as sure that the university is helping them gain these skills. This suggests that internships and courses that provide applications may be especially welcome to students. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID. Office of Institutional Assessment.