Upon graduation, Kent State University graduates (bachelors, masters, doctorate, associates and certificates) join our worldwide alumni family, which exceeds 247,000. Our diverse alumni network helps to provide resources, connections and insights into industries and careers for our graduates. Kent State graduates go on to accept professional career opportunities in Ohio, across the United States and around the world. We learn about the endeavors of our graduates through our First Destination Survey (FDS) and Graduated Student Survey (GSS), which we have combined into one survey instrument.
First Destination Survey
In 2014, the National Association of Colleges and Employers launched a national survey focused on new college graduates. This portion of the survey, launched in May 2018 at Kent State as the First Destination Survey, collects data about what our graduates are doing postgraduation, including working full/part time; continuing education; volunteering; serving in the military; seeking employment or continuing education; and/or not seeking employment or continuing education.
Graduated Student Survey
Kent State's Graduated Student Survey was introduced in 2005 and provides feedback regarding the quality of recent graduates’ undergraduate and graduate education (knowledge and skills acquired, and curricular and co-curricular activities) and primary activities following graduation (e.g., employment, education and family). The Graduated Student Survey asks graduates to indicate their overall satisfaction with and perceptions of the university.
Data collection is a collaborative effort of Career Exploration and Development; Accreditation, Assessment and Learning; Institutional Research; and the faculty and staff at Kent State who support the knowledge rate.
The data on the following tabs are responses from our May 2018 and August 2018 graduates at 6 months post-graduation.
Data collection is ongoing, updated at both the six- and 12-month postgraduation marker after each commencement.