ERIC Number: ED485290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Survey of New Jersey Employers to Assess the Ability of Higher Education Institutions to Prepare Students for Employment
Heldrich, John J.
New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
In the Survey of New Jersey Employers to Assess the Ability of Higher Education Institutions to Prepare Students for Employment, over 400 New Jersey's employers express their views on the purpose of higher education, how well the state's colleges and universities are preparing students for work and what changes can be made to improve that preparation. The survey finds that many employers believe that graduates with associate and bachelor's degree are prepared for employment. At the same time, the majority believes that the quality of job applicants from New Jersey' colleges and universities has remained steady or improved in recent years and is as good or better than those from colleges and universities outside of New Jersey. The survey was conducted by telephone during fall 2004 with 402 New Jersey employers with five or more employees who had hired one or more graduates of the state?s two-year and four year colleges and universities in the past three years. Nearly half of the employers had hired a two-year college graduate and 84% had hired a graduate of a four-year college or university. One third of all employers had hired both graduates of two-year colleges and graduates of four-year colleges and universities. Eight in ten employers who hired associates degree graduates hired graduates of public two-year colleges in New Jersey. One third of these employers hired graduates of private two-year colleges in New Jersey and two in ten hired graduates of colleges in other states. Eight in ten employers who hired graduates of four-year colleges and universities hired graduates of public institutions in New Jersey. Nearly half (47%) hired them from private colleges and universities also in New Jersey. Three in ten hired individuals from four-year colleges and universities outside of New Jersey. Seven in ten respondents (72%) were private, for-profit businesses. An additional 16% were nonprofit organizations and 9% were government agencies. Two in ten (22%) of the privwere in the retail industry. An additional 15% were in the finance / insurance / real estate industry, and 14% were in the health care industry.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: New Jersey State Commission on Higher Education.
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.