UWM to include graduate students in UW System survey of alumni

For the first time, the University of Wisconsin System will conduct a survey of alumni to weigh their career and education satisfaction five to 10 years after earning a bachelor’s degree. UWM will go an extra step and include graduate students from the same graduating classes into the survey.

The National Alumni Career Mobility Survey will assess the quality of the knowledge and skills alumni gained, community and civic engagement, economic mobility, degree relevance and other factors of an undergraduate and graduate degree at a UW System institution.

The survey focuses on alumni who graduated in 2010 and 2015 to gain a broader understanding of the long-term impacts of a UW System education. By widening their focus from alumni in their first year after graduation to alumni five and 10 years after graduation, the UW System can gain a better idea of the lasting value of an education through UW System universities. It also allows universities to improve programs to better serve current and future students.

UWM students who graduated with a master’s degree or PhD in 2010 and 2015 will also be surveyed. Additionally, the Career Planning & Resource Center has opted to include an additional survey of UWM’s most recent graduates – the class of 2020-2021 – to gain a more comprehensive scope of alumni success and satisfaction.

“(The survey) will greatly support UWM being able to tell the story of our alum, bachelor’s degrees through PhD,” said Jean Salzer, director of the Career Planning & Resource Center.

For more information, see the UW System website.

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