Graduate Follow-up Survey: Class of 2011

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Graduate Follow-up Survey: Class of 2011

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment conducts an annual Graduate Follow-up Survey (GFS) to collect information on our graduates’ current status six months after graduation and measure their level of satisfaction with their undergraduate experience at FDU.

Nine hundred and seventy eight domestic alumni who graduated in the academic year 2010-11 were surveyed using both electronic and paper surveys. There were a total of 332 responses with 128 from Florham and 196 from Metro respectively. The overall response rate was 34%.

Highlights

• Most of the Class of 2011, within a year of their graduation, was either employed or pursuing further education.

• Sixty-one % of the Class of 2011 was employed. 18% reported being unemployed at the time of survey (6 months after graduation).

• A third of the graduates were pursuing further education.

• A majority of the Class of 2011 was eventually planning to obtain a higher degree (80%). Of those, 32% were already enrolled in an advanced degree program.

• Among employed graduates the most commonly cited areas of employment were

Business and Finance (15%), Education (13.4%), Sales and Marketing (12%), Healthcare (10.6%) and Government (11.4%).

• Fifty-nine percent of those employed were in jobs related to their major.

• Ninety-one percent of those surveyed expressed satisfaction with their undergraduate experience at FDU. Among those who were “very satisfied”, more than 65 percent stated they would choose FDU again if they were to start over.

Current Status

Six months after graduation, 32% of graduates report pursuing an advanced degree. A slightly higher percentage of College at Florham graduates are currently enrolled in a graduate program compared to Metropolitan Campus graduates (Table 1). Overall, 61.4 percent of graduates reported employment and 18.4 percent were unemployed.

Table 1: What are they doing six months after graduation?

Florham Metro** University

Current Activity* # % # % # %

Enrolled in a Graduate Program 45 35% 59 30% 104 32%

Employed 81 63.3% 122 62.2% 204 61.4%

Unemployed, seeking employment

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Office of Institutional Research and Assessment Page 2 *Since students were encouraged to mark more than one item, number of responses can be greater than # of respondents and the total may be greater than 100%

** Metro Campus numbers include those who were students in off-campus programs

***University totals will not match campus totals due to unidentifiable information from respondents

Current Education

Three-quarters of our graduates who enrolled in a graduate program are enrolled at FDU (Table 2.1). However, more Florham graduates are enrolled in graduate programs elsewhere (32%) compared to Metro alumni. The three largest FDU programs our graduates have enrolled are: Education (40.3%); Administrative Science (28.6%); and Business (13%) (Table 2.2). More Florham graduates are enrolled in MAT program while more Metro alumni are in MAS program. Graduates that are enrolled at other institutions are mainly in law (25%), health related or other doctoral degree programs (14%) (Table 2.3).

Table 2.1: Where are they attending graduate school?

Graduated from

Florham Metro University

# % # % # %

Graduate Program at FDU* 31 68% 44 76% 76 73%

Graduate Program elsewhere* 13 32% 14 24% 28 27%

Total 44 100% 58 100% 104 100%

*Number who provided the names of the institution they are attending

Table 2.2: Programs Enrolled at FDU

Graduated from

Florham Metro University

Programs at FDU: # % # % # % DNP 1 1.3% MA 2 6.5% 2 6.5% 4 5.2% MAS 0 0 22 48.9% 22 28.6% MAT 21 67.7% 10 22.2% 31 40.3% MBA 7 22.6% 3 6.7% 10 13.0% MPA 0 0 1 2.2% 1 1.3% MS 1 3.2% 4 8.9% 5 6.5% MSA 0 0 1 2.2% 1 1.3% Certificate 1 2.2% 1 1.3 Total 31 100% 44 100% 76 100%

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Table 2.3: Programs Enrolled at Other Institutions

Programs at Other Institutions

Graduating from

Florham Metro University

# % DDS, DC, DPT 2 1 3 10.7% Doctorate (PhD, Psy.D) 1 0 1 3.6% Law 5 2 7 25% Master of Arts 1 1 2 7% MA in Teaching 0 1 1 3.6%

Masters in Administrative Science 0 1 1 3.6%

Masters in Fine Arts 0 1 1 3.6%

Master of Public Administration 0 1 1 3.6%

Master of Science 2 2 4 14.3%

Master of Social Work 1 0 1 3.6%

Master of Nursing 0 1 1 3.6%

Unspecified Master program 1 3 5 17.9%

Total 13 14 28 100%

*Percent may not sum to 100 due to rounding.

Long-term Education Goals

Students were asked to indicate their long-term formal education plans regardless of their current status. A majority of those responding to the question indicated that further education was in their future plans (82%). Over half of the class plan to attain a Master’s degree while an additional 17% has doctoral degree as its goal (Table 3.1).

Table 3.1: Highest formal degree our graduates plan to attain

Florham Metro University

Degree Goals # % # % # % No Further Education 23 18.1% 34 17.4% 57 17.7% Master’s 62 48.8% 115 59% 177 55% Doctorate 27 21.3% 29 14.9% 56 17.4% Law 10 7.9% 11 5.6% 21 6.5% Medicine 2 1.6% 0 0 2 .6% Other 3 2.4% 6 3.1% 9 2.8% Total 127 100% 195 100% 322 100%

*Total may not sum to 100 due to rounding.

A further look into the data shows that among the students who had responded to the question more than a third were already enrolled in a graduate program working toward achieving their long-term education goals.

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Employment

Since months after graduation, 2/3rds of the graduates were employed, with 51% in full-time jobs. These numbers are comparatively less dismal, given the current job market . Among those who were employed full-time. More than half were in jobs related to their major (Table 4.1). A small number (%) stated their work was part of the degree requirement, such as student teaching, internship, etc. The most popular areas of employment are Business and Finance, Education, Sales and Marketing, Healthcare and Government.

Table 4.1: How related is your current job to your undergraduate major? (Employed Full-time)

Florham (n=58) Metro (n=63) Off-Campus (n=43) University (n=164)

“Very” or “Somewhat” related 63.8% 69.9% 51.1% 62.8%

“Very” or “Somewhat” unrelated 36.2% 30.1% 48.9% 37.2%

Table 4.2: Which of the following is your area of employment? (Employed Full-time)

Florham (n=56) Metro (n=63) Off-Campus (n=43) University (n=162) Administrative Support 1.8% 9.5% 2.3% 4.9%

Arts and Film 1.8% 1.6% 0 1.2%

Business and Finance 28.6% 11.1% 20.9% 19.8%

Community and Social Service 5.4% 1.6% 0 2.5%

Construction 0 0 2.3% .6%

Education 10.7% 3.2% 7.0% 6.8%

Engineering 1.8% 1.6% 0 1.2%

Food and Hospitality 14.3% 3.2% 4.7% 7.4%

Information Technology and Computer Science 0% 3.2% 11.6% 4.3%

Government 3.6% 14.3% 34.9% 16%

Healthcare (including Mental Health) 1.8% 23.8% 4.7% 11.1%

Legal 0% 4.8% 2.3% 2.5%

Media and Communications 5.4% 1.6% 0% 2.5%

Pharmaceutical 3.6% 4.8% 0% 3.1%

Sales and Marketing 14.3% 9.5% 4.7% 9.9%

Security and Protective Services 3.6% 1.6% 0% 1.9%

Science 0% 0% 0% 0%

Transportation 0% 3.2% 4.7% 2.5%

Other 3.6% 1.6% 0% 1.9%

Total* 100% 100% 100% 100%

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Undergraduate Education

Our graduates responded positively to the question of overall satisfaction with their undergraduate education. 92% were “very” or “generally” satisfied.

Table 5.1: Overall Satisfaction with Undergraduate Education by Campus

Florham Metro Off-Campus University

# % # % # % # % Very Satisfied 41 32% 46 35.1% 36 55.4% 126 38.4% Generally Satisfied 73 57% 70 53.4% 28 43.1% 171 52.1% Generally Dissatisfied 13 10.2% 12 9.2% 0 0% 25 7.6% Very Dissatisfied 1 .8% 3 2.3% 1 1.5% 6 1.8% Total* 128 100% 131 100% 65 100% 328 100%

*Total may not sum to 100 due to rounding.

Among those who were “very satisfied” with their undergraduate education at FDU, a majority indicated that they would definitely choose FDU again.

Table 5.2: Satisfaction and choose FDU again

Summary Statistics for Colleges

Table 6.1: Current Status by College

University Becton Silberman Petrocelli Total

Employed (N=203 ) 25.1% 22.7% 16.3% 35.5% 61.1%

Enrolled in Graduate Program (N = 107)

24.3% 31.8% 13.1% 30.8% 32.2%

Unemployed (N =59 ) 39% 20.3% 11.9% 28.8% 17.8%

Table 6.2: How related is your current job to your undergraduate major? (in full-time jobs)

University (n=44) Becton (n=24) Silberman (n=29) Petrocelli (n=67) Total (n=165)

“Very” or “Somewhat” related 68.1% 66.7% 65.5% 58.2% 63%

“Very” or “Somewhat” unrelated 31.9% 33.3% 34.5% 41.8% 37%

*Some respondents did not indicate a major on the survey, therefore the totals above will not match university totals found in table 4.1.

Among those who are “very satisfied”

Florham Metro Off-Campus University

Definitely choose FDU again

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Table 6.3: Overall satisfaction with undergraduate education? University (n=92) Becton (n=82) Silberman (n=47) Petrocelli (n=103) Total (n=325) Very satisfied 33.7% 32.9% 34% 48.5% 38.2% Generally satisfied 53.3% 57.3% 55.3% 45.6% 52.3% Generally dissatisfied 8.7% 9.8% 8.5% 4.9% 7.7% Very dissatisfied 4.3% 0% 2.1% 1% 1.8%

*Some respondents did not indicate a major on the survey, therefore the totals above will not match university totals found in table 5.1.

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