Graduate Survey

  • The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Career and Professional Development Center collects data annually regarding the postgraduation activities and statuses of members of each graduating class. To obtain the highest knowledge rate, IUP staff members administered an online survey, sought additional data from each of the six colleges, and contracted with a data collection company.

    A knowledge rate is defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers as the percent of graduates for whom the institution has reasonable and verifiable information regarding graduates’ postgraduation statuses. This report includes survey response results as well as knowledge rate data.

    The ability to demonstrate graduates’ success in terms of first destination data continues to be significant as colleges and universities are scrutinized relative to the return on investment they provide. Such scrutiny is due in part to historical economic challenges and inflation in the United States, coupled with the cost of higher education and the demands families/consumers face to meet these costs. CPDC team members continue to work diligently to stay abreast of the latest real-world trends and workforce developments to provide programs and services that contribute to the mission of IUP in terms of academic support, student retention and persistence, enrollment management, and return on educational investment.

    In closing, it’s important to note that the total positive effects of a college education are not easily measured, just as employment and earnings are not the sole indicators of success. Certainly, as the NACE First Destination Survey Standards and Protocols document stated, “the most significant and substantive outcomes occur over the lifetime of the individual graduate.”

    Tammy Manko, EdD

    Highlights for the Class of 2017

    (all degree levels)

    2,989 Total Recent Graduates

    (only 2,595 had accurate contact information)

    2,595 Recent Graduates Surveyed

    (87 percent of total number of graduates)

    14% Survey Response Rate

    (365 graduates responded to the survey)

    48% Total Knowledge Rate

    (1,428 graduates for whom we have reasonable, verifiable data)

    99% Are Productive

    (1,407 recent graduates for whom data was gathered)

    Of Survey Respondents...

    81% Are Employed in Field of Choice

    (215 graduates/survey respondents)

    95% Are Productive

    (348 graduates/survey respondents)

    5% Were Seeking Employment

    (19 graduates/survey respondents) at time of data collection


    Class of 2017

    August 2016, December 2016, and May 2017 graduates


    The percentage of graduates falling into any of the following categories:

    • employed full-time or part-time
    • pursuing additional education full-time or part-time
    • serving in the military or other service organization
    • not seeking employment or additional education

    Total Knowledge Rate

    The percentage of graduates for whom we have reasonable and verifiable information regarding postgraduation statuses

    Survey Response Rate

    The percentage of surveyed graduates who responded to the survey

    Graduate Survey Results 2017To advance the success of IUP graduates, the CPDC provides multiple opportunities for students and alumni to engage in career education and professional development programs and activities, including, but not limited to, the following:

    • Mock Interviews
    • Etiquette Dinners
    • Presentations/Workshops
    • Career Coaching
    • Résumé Reviews
    • Cover Letter Reviews
    • Internship/Job Search Assistance
    • Graduate School Preparation
    • Networking Events
    • Service Learning/Community Service
    • Career/Job and Internship Fairs
    • On-Campus Interviews/ Recruitment
    • Career and Major Exploration
    • National Student Exchange
    • The Washington Center
    • Disney College Program 

    Select Employers Hiring IUP Graduates

    (not a comprehensive list)

    • Alcoa
    • Allegheny Health Network
    • Amazon
    • American Eagle Outfitters
    • AT&T
    • Baker Tilly
    • BDO
    • BKD
    • BNY Mellon
    • Boyer & Ritter
    • Chevron
    • Clark Associates
    • Deloitte
    • DHL
    • Excela Health
    • Enterprise
    • Family Behavioral Resources
    • FedEx
    • First Commonwealth Bank
    • Hajoca
    • Highmark
    • NASA
    • Pennsylvania State Police
    • PNC
    • PPG Industries
    • PwC
    • S&T
    • Schneider Downs
    • Trumbull Corporation
    • UPMC
    • US government
    • Various accounting/ finance firms
    • Various educational institutions

    While some degrees are clearly in higher demand in the workforce, IUP students are provided opportunities for learning about the value of and how to leverage transferrable skills and soft skills to complement their classroom experience. Ultimately, the students who master these lessons will be most effective in the workplace. According to current research, employers seek these skills in employees:

    1. Critical thinking and problem solving
    2. Collaboration across networks and teamwork
    3. Leadership with ability to influence others, sell
    4. Technical knowledge related to job
    5. Agility and adaptability; ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
    6. Initiative, entrepreneurialism, work ethic, professionalism
    7. Effective verbal and written communication
    8. Proficiency with computer software programs
    9. Accessing and analyzing information
    10. Curiosity and imagination
  • The Graduate First Destination Survey Report for the Class of 2017 was prepared by members of the Career and Professional Development Center team as well as other IUP staff members:

    Janice Shellenbarger
    On-Campus Recruitment/ Technology Coordinator, CPDC

    Kelsey Thompson
    Assistant Director, CPDC

    Tammy Manko
    Director, CPDC

    Career Development Advocates, CPDC

    Nathan Bish
    Technical Manager, Division of University Advancement

    Elaine Jacobs Smith
    Office of Communications and Marketing

    Our sincere gratitude to IUP Design Studio Assistant Director for Visual Communications David Raymond for his creative expertise in the graphic design of the print version of this report. Download a PDF of the Graduate First Destination Report for the Class Of 2017.