Why is Everyone Talking about Student Outcome Measurement?
The higher education landscape has shifted. Everyone is talking about student outcome measurement. Prospective students, parents, and even legislators now seek out the track record of institutions’ degree completions, job placements, and earnings potential. In turn, proving program value, enhancing curriculum, improving student success, and access to quality outcome data are now common threads discussed amongst higher education institutions. But, the one challenge regularly repeated is the need for more complete, robust data.
Institutions are continually striving to deliver more meaningful student outcome data to their stakeholders to illustrate value or even key areas for needed improvements. The traditional methods to collect and report on student and graduate outcomes – first destination surveys, social media searches, outbound call campaigns, and state-based unemployment insurance (UI) data – may not provide full, 360-degree metrics needed for sound decision making.
With authentic, up-to-date employment, and income information, institutions can glean valuable data and insights on their graduates and programs, benefiting stakeholders and departments across campus. Below are just a few of the departments that could benefit from having reliable outcome data and more efficiently answer questions such as:
What degree programs need to be altered or enhanced based on graduates’ employment industry five years post-graduation?
How can I increase the quality and timeliness of data to better respond to requests that funnel through our department?
Which programs are producing results that should be prominently featured in our materials and PR campaigns?
Using graduate data from the past decade, which future career steps might better lead current students towards their goals?
Development and Alumni Relations
Based on where our graduates are living today, where should we consider adding another alumni chapter or enhancing our outreach?
How can we use longitudinal data and our campus data to study the long-term effects of our withdrawals and/or completions to better advise students on their career tracks?
Chancellor’s Office and Administration
Are there any key outcomes that could help us retain or seek government funding?
In this e-book, Going “New School” with Grad Data: A Guide to Ditching the “Old School” Method of Data Collection, we outline how Equifax supports many departments at forward-thinking institutions by using the largest source of authentic, up-to-date employment, income, and credit data.
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