Summer/Fall 2015 Career and Salary Survey Results

Based on your feedback, the Office of Academic Effectiveness is pleased to announce two new features to the Career and Salary Survey results page in ADORS—the Office of Academic Effectiveness’s survey data warehouse: < www.adors.gatech.edu >.

  • New menu selection—once you select the Career and Salary Survey and the report (Means, Frequencies, or Salary Report), you may then select the graduation term(s) to be reported.
  • Multiple semesters—you may combine the data into a larger pool of responses by selecting multiple semesters [CNTRL + click]. The Salary Report, which can be accessed directly by students, also offers this new function.

Additionally, the results of the Summer/Fall 2015 Career and Salary Survey have been added to ADORs. The survey was administered online to 2,778 BS- and MS-level students who were scheduled to graduate in Summer and Fall 2015.

A total of 1,338 students completed the survey, for a response rate of 49.3%. The BS response rate was 57.6%, while the MS response rate was 39.8%. The survey results are representative of the GT graduating population by gender, college, and citizenship. MS results are also representative by ethnicity.

Highlights from the Summer/Fall 2015 Career and Salary Survey:

  • The percentage of job-seeking Georgia Tech BS recipients who reported having a job at graduation was 71.5%, up from a low of 58.6% in 2011.
  • Placement among job-seeking Master’s degree recipients has remained relatively stable for the past three years, with placement at 72.3% in 2015.
  • Median reported salaries for Georgia Tech graduates have steadily increased to $67,000 for BS recipients in Summer/Fall 2015 from $60,000 in Fall 2011.
  • For MS recipients, median salaries have been stable for the past few years, at $86,000 for Summer/Fall 2015 Graduates.
  • Of the Georgia Tech BS graduates, 14.5% plan to pursue further education.
  • Over 86% of GT students who responded to the Career and Salary survey remained certain they would select Georgia Tech again to attend college. Approximately 88% of GT student respondents would recommend their program to future students who wanted to major in their field.

Additional results from the survey are available in the Office of Academic Effectiveness’s survey data warehouse: < www.adors.gatech.edu >.  Students may access the salary reports at:  < http://b.gatech.edu/1Tsp67O >.

If you have any questions about these data, you may contact Joe Ludlum at < joe.ludlum@gatech.edu >.

Georgia Tech Baccalaureate Alumni Survey 2015 Results

The Institute-level report of the results from our 2015 survey of baccalaureate graduates from 2009–2012 is now available. This survey project was undertaken to identify alumni satisfaction with preparation for employment and experiences at Georgia Tech, and represents a continuation of similar survey projects undertaken in 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2012.

The scale of the 2015 baccalaureate alumni survey (1,354 responses; 17.8 percent response rate) ensures that results may be disaggregated by college and in most cases by school or program. Detailed survey results will be available at < www.adors.gatech.edu >, where GT faculty and staff can conduct comparisons of the present results to those of previous surveys.

Among the major findings of the survey:

  • The vast majority of undergraduate alumni (95.8 percent) said they would recommend Georgia Tech to a friend or relative, and 88.9 percent responded they would recommend their degree program to a friend or relative.
  • Nearly all (98.1 percent) respondents felt they had been prepared by Georgia Tech in their ability to think critically and logically.
  • Almost three-quarters (71.8 percent) of alumni from the 2015 survey felt they were prepared in their ability to practice their discipline in the context of another national culture, up from 42.7 percent in 2012.
  • An increase was noted in alumni feeling prepared with the ability to engage in entrepreneurial activities, with 56.1 percent in the 2015 survey, up from 42.2 percent in 2012.
  • The percentage of engineering alumni reporting that they had passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination rose from 17.3 percent in 2012 to 26.8 percent in 2015.
  • Of the 31.1 percent of 2015 respondents who completed or are currently pursuing additional education, 90.1 percent reported that their undergraduate GT program provided excellent or good preparation for graduate or professional study.
  • The percentage of 2015 GT alumni employed full-time remains very high at 91.8 percent of the survey respondents, with an additional 3.5 percent reporting self-employment.

AY 2015 Undergraduate, Masters & PhD Exit Survey Results

The results of the AY2015 Undergraduate Exit Survey are available in the Assessment Data Online Retrieval System (ADORS). The survey is administered to students online as part of their degree petition process. A total of 2,192 students responded to the survey in AY 2015, representing 67% of the baccalaureate degree recipients for AY 2015. Detailed program results are available for viewing or download at < http://www.adors.gatech.edu >. The open-ended response and comment reports will be sent directly to program chairs in the coming weeks.

Among the general findings of the survey:

  • Respondents were generally quite pleased with their educational experiences at Georgia Tech, with 83.1% of respondents saying they would choose Georgia Tech again for college and 86.1% saying that they would recommend their program to someone who wanted to major in their field.
  • Most respondents rated faculty well on overall teaching ability (77.9 percent rating faculty good or excellent), a modest increase compared to the AY2014 graduates (75.9%). A large majority of respondents gave high marks to faculty in terms of setting high expectations for learning (92.4%). Respondents felt the faculty encouraged students to be better learners, specifically encouraging students to allocate sufficient time and energy to their course work (86.8%), and encouraged students to be active learners (77.4%). A slightly lower proportion (69.6%) indicated faculty showed concern for student learning.
  • In terms of interactions, respondents rated faculty highly on their responding to student questions or resolving problems (80.8%) and effectively communicated critical ideas and concepts (76.6%). Respondents were more critical of the extent to which instructors encouraged student-faculty interaction in and out of the classroom (64.9%) and provided frequent and prompt feedback (64.7%).
  • Respondents generally felt positive about the advising provided by their programs (76.1% rated overall advising as good or excellent). Respondents were happy with their access to advisors (82.4%) and their advising for degree requirements (77.7%). Respondents felt that career advising by programs was not as strong (60.7%) and significantly lower than what was reported by AY 2014 graduates (65.1%).
  • Respondents felt their needs for career training were adequately or well met by their Georgia Tech education (80.6%). Respondents indicated their education specifically contributed to their management skills (86.2 percent rated somewhat or very much) and their ability to work in multidisciplinary teams (83.3%). Respondents felt that their education did not contribute as much to their entrepreneurial skills (59.6%).
  • Over 95 percent of respondents indicated their education at Georgia Tech had substantially contributed to helping them improve their problem-solving abilities; learn to think critically and logically; and to develop the skills to carry out projects independently. A majority of respondents also reported that their education at Georgia Tech improved their ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds (92.6%), and helped to improve their leadership skills (87.9%) and oral communication skills (85.9%). A smaller portion felt Georgia Tech helped to improve their written communication skills (69.7%).

The results of the AY 2015 Master’s Exit Survey are now available in the Assessment Data Online Retrieval System (ADORS). This survey was administered to Master’s students in the weeks before their graduating term. A total of 626 students responded to the online survey in AY 2015, representing 33.4% of the terminal Master’s degrees awarded that year. Detailed program results are available for viewing or download at < http://www.adors.gatech.edu >. Individual student comments and responses to open-ended items will be forwarded to unit chairs in the coming days.

Among the findings of the survey:

  • A total of 84.7% of respondents indicated that they would recommend their program to a friend or relative, and 84.9% would choose Georgia Tech again if they had it to do over.
  • Respondents reported that their Georgia Tech education contributed to their understanding the technology in their discipline (93.6 percent indicating GT contributed somewhat or very much), understanding the role of their discipline in solving global problems (92.3%), and designing systems or processes to meet desired needs (91.6%).
  • Respondents felt their Georgia Tech education contributed somewhat or very much to their development of leadership (77.5%) and management skills (76.5%). Fewer respondents felt their education contributed to their entrepreneurial skills (54.5%).
  • Overall, respondents thought highly of the intellectual quality of the faculty (93% rating them as very good or excellent). Respondents also rated their instructors highly on their responsiveness to questions or resolving problems (89.2%) and showing concern for student learning (87.8%). They also felt faculty did a good job of incorporating teamwork (84.3%) and real-world applications into lessons (82.4%).
  • The majority of respondents indicated that Georgia Tech met their needs in intellectual growth (93.8% rating this adequately or very well met), but somewhat fewer felt similarly about career training (77.5%).
  • Regarding advising, over 80 percent of respondents indicated their programs provided good quality academic advising and guidance.
    • Respondents were overall satisfied with the assistance regarding degree requirements (81.0% rating this good or excellent), and year-over-year ratings have improved regarding the availability of advisors (81.5%, up from 78.2% in 2014) and support in selecting concentration areas and electives (76.6%, up from 72.6%).
    • Ratings in 2015 were also higher than those in 2014 regarding programs providing information about multiple career paths (70.1% in 2015 versus 67.8% in 2014) and advice on career choices (68.0% versus 60.9%).
  • For those respondents that completed a thesis or project as part of their degree, large majorities said the advice from their advisor was somewhat or very helpful, from topic selection (90.5%), to the prospectus or proposal (90.8%), through thesis writing or project design (91.7%).

The results of the AY 2015 Doctoral Exit Survey are now available in the Assessment Data Online Retrieval System (ADORS). The survey is administered to Ph.D. students as part of the degree petition process.  A total of 506 students responded to the survey, representing 96.2% of the doctoral degrees awarded in AY 2015. Detailed program results are available for viewing or download at < http://www.adors.gatech.edu >. Individual student comments and responses to open-ended items will be forwarded to unit chairs shortly. We also expect to release data from the federal Survey of Earned Doctorates in the coming weeks.

Among the general findings of the survey:

  • Over 95% of respondents gave positive ratings to their academic and overall experience at Georgia Tech, as well as the overall quality of their programs. Additionally, 84.2 % of respondents indicated that they would recommend their program to a friend or relative.
  • Among respondents, over 95% indicated the intellectual quality of both faculty and fellow graduate students was good, very good, or excellent, and 88.3% gave similar ratings to the relationship between faculty and graduate students.
  • Respondents were satisfied with the quality of advice from their thesis advisor, with over 92% indicating the advice provided was helpful in topic selection, writing the thesis proposal, and throughout the research and writing process. Overall, 90.2% agreed that their thesis chair or advisor performed the role well.
  • Respondents also gave positive ratings to the quality of library and electronic resources (97.6% rating good, very good, or excellent), research facilities (97.0%), and graduate student office space (92.4%).

Spring 2015 Career and Salary Survey

The Office of Academic Effectiveness is pleased to announce the results of the Spring 2015 Career and Salary Survey.

The survey was administered online to 2,663 BS- and MS-level students scheduled to graduate in the Spring semester.

A total of 1,154 students completed the survey for a response rate of 44.4%. The BS-level response rate was 50.9%, while the MS-level response rate was 29.2%. The survey results are representative of the GT graduating population by gender, ethnicity, college, and citizenship.

Among the highlights from the Spring 2015 survey:

  • The percentage of job-seeking Georgia Tech BS recipients who reported employment at graduation was 73.7%, up from 63.4% in Spring 2011.
  • Placement among job-seeking Master’s degree recipients has remained stable for the past three years; 70.2% in Spring 2015.
  • Median reported salaries for Georgia Tech graduates have increased to $65,000 for BS recipients in Spring 2015 compared to $60,350 in Spring 2011.
  • Median salary for MS recipients was $80,000 compared to $75,000 in Spring 2011.
  • Of the Georgia Tech BS graduates, 19% plan to pursue further education, down from 25% pursuing further education in Spring 2011.
  • Over 85% of responding students would “probably” or “definitely” select Georgia Tech again, and 83% would recommend their programs to future students who want to major in their fields.

Detailed results of the survey are available in the Office of Academic Effectiveness’s survey data warehouse: http://www.adors.gatech.edu.  Students may access the salary reports at: https://webapps.gatech.edu/cfcampus/adors/commencement/salary_report.cfm.

If you have any questions about these data, please contact Jon Gordon at jon.gordon@gatech.edu.