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ERIC Number: EJ790780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Lessons Learned from Surveying Employers
Goldschmidt, Nancy P.
Assessment Update, v17 n4 p1-3, 13 Jul-Aug 2005
In 1997, the Oregon legislature directed the Oregon University System (OUS) to develop and implement performance measures and indicators with respect to broad policy goals of access, quality, employability, and cost-effectiveness. An advisory committee of representatives of the state's public colleges and universities was formed to shape the direction of this accountability effort. The data developed for Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS) reporting served as a basis for selecting common performance indicators such as freshman persistence, six-year graduation rates, and research and development expenditures. Using this common national database also permits institutions to conduct peer group comparisons. One of the areas that could not be relied on existing data collection efforts was the assessment of workplace readiness of recent graduates by Oregon employers. Despite employer interest in graduate quality, most states do not have a uniform system in place to survey employers about the quality of university graduates. The author conducted a study that focused on whether Oregon employers valued the graduates of OUS institutions. The study design had two phases. First, face-to-face interviews were conducted with twenty executives at company sites to develop a broad understanding of the perceptions held by business decision makers about the graduates in Oregon. Second, based on the results of these interviews, questions were drafted for a telephone survey of supervisors of the recent graduates. In this article, the author presents the lessons learned about what to do and what not to do in securing employer assessments of recent graduates and shares some conclusions from the study. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oregon