Career Services @ Virginia Tech
Career Services (0128)
Smith Career Center
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phone 540-231-6241      fax 540-231-3293      www.career.vt.edu
Post-Graduation Report: Bachelor's degree graduates
Methodology and history
What and why:
  The Post-Graduation Report is based on our Post-Graduation Survey of Virginia Tech students who were awarded undergraduate degrees (bachelor's or associate's degree) during the academic year.
(Virginia Tech has one associate's degree program.)
The survey is conducted annually with the graduates for that academic year.
  2012-2013...... Dec. '12, May-sum '13
  2011-2012...... Dec. '11, May-sum '12
  2010-2011...... Dec. '10, May-sum '11
  2009-2010...... Dec. '09, May-sum '10
  2008-2009...... Dec. '08, May-sum '09
  2007-2008...... Dec. '07, May-sum '08
  2006-2007 graduates are those awarded degrees in December 2006, May 2007 & summer 2007.
  2005-2006 graduates are those awarded degrees in December 2005, May 2006 & summer 2006
  2004-2005 graduates are those awarded degrees in December 2004, May 2005 & summer 2005.
  2003-2004 graduates are those awarded degrees in December 2003, May 2004 & summer 2004.
  The primary purpose of the survey is to learn the post-graduation status or plans of graduates — whether they have accepted employment, are continuing education (graduate or professional school, or other), or are in process of pursuing one of these goals. We also ask graduates how they prepared for life after college, and much more.
 
Methodology:
  An on-line survey is used that is opened about one month prior to commencement and closes six months after commencement.
  Each student must use his/her Virginia Tech PID and password to log in to the survey to ensure that only students completing degrees in the pertinent terms have access to the survey.
  The December graduates' survey opens mid-November prior to commencement and closes early-June.
  The May and summer graduates' survey opens mid-April prior to commencement and closes early-November.
  All graduates with available e-mail addresses are e-mailed inviting them to complete the survey.
Periodic reminders are sent to non-respondents. Associate deans, department heads, and other faculty and staff may ask their graduates to complete the survey. The survey is also continuously available via the home page of Career Services' website.
  Students who report that their post-graduation status is not firm have opportunity to update their responses throughout the period of time the survey remains open. Periodic e-mail reminders invite them to do so. Students who update their responses do not have to re-enter their previous responses to survey items; they simply may update responses as needed.
  The survey takes students an average of about five minutes to complete.
   
History of the survey and report, and comparisons year-to-year:
  This survey and report have origins in the 1970s. In those early years, the survey was conducted via in-person exit interviews with graduating seniors. Methods have changed since then.
  Reports for 1995-1996 through 2002-2003 are archived online, accessible at Post-Graduation Reports. The most recent of those reports gives comparison data for multiple years.
  For the 2003-2004 graduates, Career Services redesigned the online survey instrument and data collection information systems in-house. This has been used for each academic year's graduates since 2003-2004. Data in all reports beginning with 2003-2004 report can be easily compared. With publication of the 2012-2013 report in early January 2014, we have ten years of comparable data online. Each of these ANNUAL reports is publicly accessible at Post-Graduation Reports.
  See multi-year summaries to see trends for certain data from the ten latest completed reports.
   
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