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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Boise State University At- Graduation Survey

Boise State University
Academic Year 2008-09 At-Graduation Survey

During the fall of 2008 and the spring of 2009, the Career Center administered an At-Graduation Placement Survey to the Fall 2008 and Spring/Summer 2009 graduates. We collected surveys via Capstone Courses and on-line. A total of 1614 responses were received. There were a total of 2846 graduates in the Fall of 08 and Spring/Summer of 09 which were included in the survey. For purposes of this survey, we did not include COAT graduates as they participate in their own survey. The response rate for this survey was 57%.

In addition to this general university report, reports were created by college and by department. Additional data including names of organizations employing students in career employment and internship positions and position titles is included in these specific reports.

Highlights from the survey include:

-Five out of six colleges had a 50% or higher response rate with the College of Engineering coming in at a 77% response rate.

-Given the job market that the 08/09 graduates faced, the percent of students who had jobs declined over past years. However, 34% of respondents say their degree helped them obtain new employment or advance within the organization where they are currently working. The national average for 08/09 grads who have landed jobs, according to NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) is 20%.

-The college of Health Sciences and College of Engineering led the way with students whose degree helped them obtain new employment or advance within the organization where they are currently working with both coming in at over 50%.

-As expected, a larger percentage of respondents are opting to continue in school following their graduation. 26% of respondents will be going on to graduate or professional school or continuing on with undergraduate studies within a year of graduating from Boise State. 23% of respondents from both the College of Arts and Sciences and Social Sciences and Public Affairs state that they are continuing on to graduate or professional school within the next year.

-70% of respondents will stay and work in the Treasure Valley with an additional 9% working in other areas of Idaho. The western US came in as the favorite destination for grads outside of the state of Idaho with 12% of respondents stating that their job will be located in the Western US.

-40% of respondents participated in an Internship while at Boise State. 47% of SSPA and 43% of COEN respondents participated in internships.

-31% of respondents who participated in an Internship were offered career employment as a result of their internship. Over 40% of respondents from the College of Business and Economics, College of Health Sciences, and College of Engineering reported receiving their career employment offers as a result of their internship.

-An additional 35% of respondents participated in a field experience (not considered an Internship) while at Boise State. 32% of those participating were offered career employment as a result of this experience. The College of Education (79%) and College of Health Sciences (57%) lead the way in non-internship field experiences.

-47% of respondents used the services at the Career Center with BroncoJobs, events, and job search assistance topping the list of services used.

To read and see more detailed results please go to http://career.boisestate.edu.

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