Office of Institutional Research
Near the end of April 2000, the Survey of 1999 Graduates was sent to all 1,291 UVM graduates with a bachelor's or associates degree awarded in the spring of 1999. About six weeks later, a follow-up survey was sent to all those who did not respond to the initial mailing. As of August 11th, 575 graduates had replied, bringing the combined return rate from both mailings up to approximately 44.5%. This number is about 5% lower than the average return rate of the few previous years.
Although all of UVM graduates in the spring of 1999 were surveyed, it is difficult to know the exact number of people who actually received a questionnaire. This is an obstacle often encountered when polling a population with high mobility such as graduates in search of employment. There was a concerted effort to resend any survey returned with an expired forwarding address, however this did not significantly increase the return rate.
The surveys were then coded and entered into a data file. SAS was used to perform the analysis. A statistical test performed on the three key demographic information: residence, school/college, and gender showed that proportionally there was no difference in the return rates between Vermonters and out-of-staters, nor was there a difference in the return rates among the colleges/schools, however there was a statistically significant difference between the return rates of men versus women. The data are then weighted by a combination of gender and college/school. To put it simply, the weighting factor is calculated by dividing the number of people who were sent a survey by the number of people who replied, for each combination of gender and college/school. For example, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, if 60 men were surveyed, only 20 replied, therefore the weighting factor is 60/20 or each man in this group is counted as 3 men. One byproduct of this weighting technique is that the frequencies are, more often than not, decimal numbers instead of integers, which are then rounded.
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
Status and Plans for Education:
mAbout 16.5% of UVM graduates are currently enrolled both full-time and part-time in graduate school or other training. An additional 62.2% of UVM grads plan to continue their education at some future time; 14.7% have no plans to do so.
mOf the graduates who are continuing their education, approximately, 81% are full-time and 19% are part-time students.
mWhen asked, "How well did UVM prepare you for continuing your education?" 88% of graduates currently attending school and 94% in the process of applying answered "Excellent" or "Good." No graduate currently in school or in the process of applying felt that UVM had inadequately prepared them.
Status and Plans for Employment:
mAbout 90% of UVM graduates indicated that they are currently employed, however, it should be noted that our definition of employment is broad, including not only full-time permanent but also full-time temporary, and part-time permanent and part-time temporary. Relatively few individuals (less than 1%) were unable to find employment of any kind since graduation.
mAmong those who found employment, 67.1% have full-time/permanent jobs; 23.2% have full-time/temporary jobs; 3.5% have part-time/permanent jobs; and 6.1% part-time/temporary employment.
mAbout 61% of all employed graduates earn between $20,000 and $39,999. When only those graduates who have full-time/permanent employment are examined, about 72% of this group earn between $20,000 and $39,999. While 11% earn more than $40,000 per year. 28% of all working alumni earned less than $20,000.
mWhen asked, "How long did it take you to find this position?", about 57% of the employed graduates indicated that they found their current job either prior to leaving UVM or within 3 months of graduation; 24% within 4 to 6 months. About 19% reported spending 7 months or more to find employment.
mWhen asked how they learned about their current job position, the graduates most often identified the following three sources:
-- "referral through friends and relatives"(26.4%)
-- "newspaper advertisement"(17.2%)
-- "previous internship or work"(13.7%)
-- the catch-all category of "Other" got 18.9%
Another 2.7% identified the UVM Center for Career Development as the source of information leading to their current position.
mAbout 72% of the employed graduates found jobs that are either "closely related" (41%) or "somewhat related" (31%) to their undergraduate studies. It does not come as a surprise that people who have permanent jobs, both full-time and part-time, are much more likely to work in a field that is closely related to their studies than people who work on a temporary basis.
mAbout 84% of the employed graduates found jobs that are either "closely related" (42.6%) or "somewhat related" (41.2%) to their career goals.
mAlumni gave UVM high marks in preparing them well for their current position. 60 % of the employed graduates rated UVM as either "Excellent"; or "Good". Another 20% rated UVM as "Adequate" while only 3% rated UVM as "Inadequate". However, it should be noted 17% graduates did indicate that they hold jobs that are not relevant to their UVM education.
mOur employed graduates also reported high level of satisfaction with their work: 85% stated that they are "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their current position.
Long Range Plans:
m87% of the graduates responded to the question, "What is the highest academic degree you plan to achieve?" Of this group, 65% expressed a desire to obtain a master's degree or an advanced certificate (including master's, MBA, 5th/6th year certificate). 16% indicated that they plan to obtain a doctorate or Ph.D. 7% planned to study law, and 5% planned on becoming a doctor, dentist or veterinarian.
Evaluation of UVM:
mTo the question: "Overall, how satisfied were you with your UVM experience?" where the rating scale goes from 1 to 10, with 1 being "very dissatisfied" and 10 "very satisfied." Nearly all of our graduates responded to this question and the mean rating is 7.9, which indicates a relatively high level of satisfaction. The previous two years had and average of 7.7.
mAlmost 65% of UVM graduates indicated that they would choose UVM if they could start college over again. "Quality of education" (36.1%), "friends and relationships" (27.4%), and "Burlington environment" (12.5%) were the three most often cited reasons. These reasons have remained constant through the years.
Furthermore, of those who would attend UVM again, 65.4% would choose the same major as before, 12.7% would choose a related major, 11.6% would choose a different major, and 10.4% were not sure.
mAbout 14% of UVM graduates indicated that they would choose a different institution if they could start college over. The top three reasons are: and "financial considerations" (25.4%),"quality of education" (22.0%), "quality of guidance" (16.8%),
While at another institution, 43.1% would choose the same major, 24.7% would choose a related major, 24.7% would choose a different major, and 7.5% were not sure.
mThe remaining 21% of UVM graduates were not sure whether to choose UVM or another institution if they could start college over again. Of this group, 28.6% were uncertain because of the "quality of education," and 19.1% because of "financial considerations".
mGraduates' opinion on other UVM characteristics are best summarized by the following graph:
Tables & Frequencies:
Bar-Charts of selected items by College/School
For the complete report, please contact the Office of Institutional Studies.
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