1999 Alumni Survey

Introduction

In Spring 1999, the Offices of Assessment and Institutional Research surveyed 783 alumni who received bachelor's degrees in December 1995, May 1996 and August 1996. 33% of the surveys were returned. As you review the results that follow, note the striking similarity to the Graduating Senior Survey data.

Highlights

  1. 89% "agree" or "strongly agree" that they have learned to view learning as a lifelong experience.
  2. 82% "agree" or "strongly agree" that their experiences and course work at UW-Green Bay encouraged them to think creatively and innovatively.
  3. 83% "agree" or "strongly agree" that UW-Green Bay provides a strong interdisciplinary, problem-focused education.
  4. 53% would return to UW-Green Bay and complete the same major if they started college over; 17% would return to UW-Green Bay but choose another major.
  5. 90% gave an A or B to the quality of the teaching in their major (mean = 3.4).
  6. 42% have been accepted for, are currently enrolled in, or have already completed a graduate/professional degree program.
  7. 85% are working full-time and 8% are working part-time.
  8. Slightly more than half (52%) work in positions that are "very related" to their major and 31% work in positions that are "somewhat related" to their major.
  9. 73% report being "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their current job.
  10. The median salary of respondents working full-time is about $30,000.

Are alumni well prepared?  How important are the skills and knowledge developed at UW-Green Bay to their current work?

The top five skills for which alumni gave marks of "excellent or "good" were:

  1. written communication skills (77%)
  2. critical analysis skills (76%)
  3. problem-solving skills (75%)
  4. understanding the impact of social institutions and values (63%)
  5. reading skills (61%)

The skills and knowledge considered "very important" or "important" to their current work included:

  1. problem-solving skills (95%)
  2. listening skills (91%)
  3. critical analysis skills (91%)
  4. leadership and management skills (89%)
  5. written communication skills (89%)
Table 1.  Academic Preparation
Item, skill, or knowledge area % Receiving "Excellent" or "Good" Preparation Ratings % Rating Item "Important" or "Very Important" to Current Work
Problem solving 75% 95%
Critical analysis 76% 91%
Understanding . . . 
Biology/physical environment concepts  53% 30%
Impact of science and technology 44% 49%
Social, political, geographic, and economic structures 42% 38%
Impact of social institutions and values 63% 49%
Significance of major events in Western civilization 29% 22%
Literature 41% 22%
The role of humanities in identifying and clarifying values 48% 40%
Fine Arts 36% 16%
Global issues 40% 30%
Cultural diversity 58% 52%
Written communication 77% 89%
Public speaking 59% 76%
Reading skills 61% 83%
Listening skills 60% 91%
Leadership and management skills 51% 89%