• Student Outcomes

  • From College Graduate to Chief Executive: A Closer Look at Education and the Fortune 1000 CEOs

    NACE analyzes the Fortune 1000 CEOs’ backgrounds and aggregated data to determine if having a college degree guarantees success in business. Those interested are encouraged to create detailed, longitudinal profiles of CEOs’ education and professional experiences to possibly provide a more comprehensive understanding of how education, experience, and personality can affect the corporate futures of college graduates.

    Student Survey: Graduating Seniors Seeking Help From Career Center More Frequently

    Graduating seniors needing help with their job searches are more likely to visit their campus’ career center multiple times, according to results of NACE’s 2014 Student Survey.

    Nearly One-Third of Class of 2014 Grads Had a Job at Graduation

    Slightly more than 30 percent of graduating seniors from the Class of 2014 who applied for a job had one in hand prior to graduation, according to results of NACE’s 2014 Student Survey.

    Liberal Arts Majors Help Bolster Offer Rate for Class of 2014 Graduates

    Full-time job offer rates for graduating seniors who applied for a job have improved for the Class of 2014, according to results of NACE’s 2014 Student Survey.

    Post-Recession Employment for Young College Graduates: An Analysis

    Are today’s college graduates finding employment in jobs appropriate to their educational level or are they increasingly underemployed? This article takes a look at the data to analyze the current level of college graduate “underemployment” and to compare the current situation to previous periods to determine if there is a clear trend developing.

    Top Positions for Class of 2013 Business Graduates

    The top positions for business graduates from the Class of 2013 were various analyst and manager roles, according to NACE’s January 2014 Salary Survey.

    Top Employers for Class of 2013 Liberal Arts Graduates

    As a group, liberal arts graduates received starting salaries that averaged $38,045, according to NACE’s January 2014 Salary Survey—the final report on starting salaries for the college Class of 2013. Employers in educational services hired the most new college liberal arts graduates from the Class of 2013.

    Post-Recession Employment for Young College Graduates: A Literature Review

    The idea prevails that there is a high unemployment and underemployment for new college graduates. But a closer analysis of the available literature tells a different story.

    Four Top-Hiring Industries for Class of 2013 Graduates Remain Unchanged

    Educational services; professional, scientific, and technical services; healthcare and social assistance; and federal, state, and local government are the top-hiring industries for Class of 2013 grads.

    CLA+: The Future of College Hiring, or a Lesson in Redundancy?

    The Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus (CLA+) is an assessment test used in the hiring of college graduates. Standardized tests (assessments of competency) are better indicators of an individual’s content knowledge and capacity to process information than the individual’s record of achievement in the classroom. Nearly 200 American universities poised to administer the test to their graduating seniors next spring, there is some indication that even the higher education community is seeking a better way to measure learning outcomes than the traditional reliance on completed course work.

    Student Survey: Use of Career Services Rises for Class of 2013

    Bachelor’s degree graduates from the Class of 2013 used career services to a greater degree their counterparts from the Class of 2012, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2013 Student Survey Report.

    The Changing Landscape of Graduate Business Education: New Opportunities for Recent Graduates

    The recent growth in the number and variety of specialized master’s programs in business schools may be the answer to providing students with opportunities in many competitive industries after graduation. The tool gives students an edge in their career search.

    The Benefits of a Graduate Education

    Students who go to graduate school have a considerable advantage in the job market over students with bachelor’s degrees. Employers now place a greater emphasis on a more developed and deeper skill set for their new college hires. The Education Testing Service states that, “Graduate education is the engine of a highly skilled work force.”

    Class of 2013: Majority of Graduating Seniors Took Internship or Co-op During College Career

    Nearly two-thirds of graduating seniors from the Class of 2013 took part in an internship or a cooperative education assignment during their years pursuing a bachelor’s degree, according to results of NACE’s 2013 Student Survey.

    Overall Offer, Acceptance Rates for Class of 2013 Remain Relatively Unchanged

    The overall offer and acceptance rates for Class of 2013 seniors graduating with bachelor’s degrees have remained relatively unchanged from last year, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2013 Student Survey.

    Top Employers for Engineering Graduates in 2012

    Companies in professional, scientific, and technical services hired the most new college engineering graduates in 2012, according to NACE’s January 2013 Salary Survey. These employers hired for a variety of engineering and software development positions.

    Data Show Career Services Staff Impact Employer Offer Rates

    The helpfulness of the career center staff is the primary target school selection attribute that leads to the highest average offer rate to students.

    Student Survey: Class of 2012 Used Career Center at Same Rate as Class of 2011

    Approximately 27 percent of graduating seniors who plan on entering the work force do not make use of their college career centers services during their senior year. A slightly greater percentage (36 percent) are frequent users of these services.

    College Class of 2012: Infographic


    College Class of 2012: Infographic


    Gender and College Recruiting

    Examining the trends in bachelor’s degree completions, the role that women play in the future professional work force of the United States will be crucial, if not dominant.

    The Economic Impact of Graduate School (NACE Research)

    When the college labor market slows down, the prevailing wisdom is that new graduates will turn increasingly to applying to and entering graduate or professional school rather than face the vagaries of pursuing employment. With the great recession impacting new college hiring as well as experienced labor, the graduates from the Classes of 2009 and 2010, the prevailing wisdom was right.

    NACE Research: The Liberal Arts Graduate and the College Hiring Market

    Political science along with a host of other academically oriented majors, which we often refer to as “the liberal arts,” does not directly prepare a student for a specific occupation. The objective of a liberal education, as I strained to explain to my students, is to prepare you broadly for the professional world so that you are prepared to undertake many jobs rather than to be trained to do a specific task.

Student Outcomes