• Tips and Resources for Conducting Effective Graduate Surveys

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    May 1, 2013

    Among other things, graduate surveys can yield key information about the value of career services to your students in their job searches. This data can provide excellent insight to use for strategic planning and developing action steps.

    Following are several planning steps for getting the best possible results from your graduate survey efforts:

    • Don’t underestimate the value of a well-designed and well-implemented graduate survey. The information can be used by multiple stakeholders and be particularly valuable to a career services unit for planning ongoing improvement.
    • Define the parameters of the study and keep it focused. Making a graduate survey too comprehensive and unwieldy can significantly limit its effectiveness.
    • Determine the types of information most requested and needed by stakeholders and ensure the survey instrument collects that data.
    • Develop a multi-faceted plan for data collection with specific timelines to facilitate optimal response rates.
    • Develop specific reporting strategies and formats for each stakeholder group, providing the information they need and will understand.

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Tips and Resources for Conducting Effective Graduate Surveys