Fall 2008 Career & Salary Survey Results Available

The results of the Fall 2008 Career and Salary Survey are now available in ADORS.  The survey is conducted to discover the immediate post-graduation plans for GT undergraduate and graduate degree recipients­, particularly in the areas of job-placement and continuing education.

The survey was administered online to 1,685 students who were scheduled to graduate in December 2008. A total of 1,102 students completed the survey for a response rate of 65.4 percent. The results are representative of the GT graduating population by degree level, college, gender, and ethnicity. The Office of Academic Effectiveness recently provided academic units the ability to obtain specific job titles from students who reported employment. These detailed position descriptions are available in the frequency reports for individual programs.

Among the salient findings of the survey:

  • The economic downturn is clearly affecting placement rates of our graduates. The proportion of Georgia Tech BS recipients reporting having a job at graduation declined from 70.4% in Fall 2007 to 60.1% in Fall 2008.
  • The proportion of graduate degree recipients (MS and PhD) reporting having a job at graduation declined from 79.6% in Fall 2007 to 65.2% in Fall 2008.
  • Among undergraduate degree recipients, placement rates declined most in Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. For BS recipients in Civil Engineering, placement rates declined from 91.1% in Fall 2007 to 61.4 % in Fall 2008. Comparable figures from Mechanical Engineering were 81.1% in Fall 2007 and 61.2% in Fall 2008.
  • Placement rates for BS recipients in the College of Architecture also declined dramatically, from 78.3% in Fall 2007 to 51.9% in Fall 2008. MS and PhD placements in Architecture declined from 81.8% to 41.5% over the same time period.
  • For those who report successful job searches, salaries have increased slightly over Fall 2007. Median reported salaries increased $1,624 for BS recipients and $3,500 for MS recipients.
  • Frequency of signing bonuses does not seem to be affected by the economic downturn: about 55% of Fall 2008 GT graduates reporting a salary also reported receiving a signing bonus­—this proportion is essentially unchanged from Fall 2007. The median reported bonus in Fall 2008 was $6,325 for BS recipients and $11,730 for MS recipients.
  • The lower rates of employment success have not translated into changes in continuing education plans. The percentage of BS recipients who intend to enroll in graduate school increased only slightly from 23.1% in Fall 2007 to 25.0% in Fall 2008.

Any questions regarding the survey or these results may be directed to Dr. Jon Gordon or Dr. Joe Ludlum.

2008 NSSE Report

The findings of the 2008 National Survey of Student Engagement of Georgia Tech first-year students and seniors are now available in ADORS. The survey measures the extent to which students report that they are engaged in empirically-demonstrated effective educational practices and what gains (or perceptions of gains) they make through their college experiences. Georgia Tech has conducted the NSSE survey several times over the past decade. Results in ADORS are disaggregated to the College and School/Unit level and can be compared to previous NSSE results.

Among the highlights of this year’s results:

  • Students are generally satisfied with their overall educational experiences at Georgia Tech, with over 80 percent of both first-year students and over 85 percent of seniors indicating that their educational experiences at GT were good or excellent.
  • Over 90 percent of seniors report that Georgia Tech strongly emphasizes studying, and over 80 percent of seniors report frequent collaboration on academic work.
  • Among seniors there has been an increase in the perceived level of academic and social support provided by the Institute from 2003 to 2008. While increasing moderately over time, relationships with faculty are perceived positively by just over 50 percent of first-year students and 55 percent of seniors. Less than 50 percent of seniors report frequently discussing grades or assignments with faculty. While a greater proportion of seniors reported receiving prompt feedback on their academic performance in 2008 than in 2007, this percentage remains below 50 percent.

In addition to the GT results, comparison data from a group of six “peer” institutions is available in the final survey report, also available on the ADORS website. The comparison institutions include Penn State University-University Park, University of Texas at Austin, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Any questions regarding these data may be addressed to either Dr. Jonathan Gordon or Dr. Caroline Noyes.