Seniors' Future Plans Survey, Spring 2013 Posted August 23, 2013
We have asked CU-Boulder seniors about their future plans in annual spring surveys since 2008. This assessment was either included as part of a comprehensive Senior Survey (2008, 2012) or in a very short Seniors' Future Plans Survey administered to graduating seniors (2009-2011 and 2013).
Seniors' After-Graduation Plans
The great majority of seniors graduating from CU-Boulder in spring 2013 reported that they plan to be either employed (69%) or attending graduate or professional school (14%) following graduation. Of the remaining graduating seniors: 3% expected to be in the military, doing volunteer work (e.g., Peace Corps), or pursuing additional undergraduate coursework; 3% were planning to travel; 4% expected to be engaged in student teaching or an internship; 4% were undecided; and 2% wrote in information about what they planned to be doing. These percentages are generally similar to those observed among graduating seniors in 2008-2012, as shown in the following graph.
Additional data on seniors' future plans are available in the following documents:
Data on CU-Boulder seniors' future plans are also included in the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) College Portrait, a Web-based source of college information for prospective students and their parents that provides a range of basic information about the undergraduate student experience. This information is comparable across participating four-year public colleges and universities. See CU-Boulder’s College Portrait for various statistics about CU-Boulder, including seniors' future plans.
Questionnaire, Method, and Response Rates
A brief report (PDF) on the 2013 Seniors' Future Plans Survey method and response rates describes the web-based questionnaire, data collection, survey population, and response rates by college/school/program, by Arts & Sciences (A&S) division, and by department. The overall campus-wide response rate was 47%; response rates by department ranged from 17% to 78%.
Employment and Salary
We added two items to the survey questionnaire in 2013. Students who reported that their most likely principal activity in fall 2013 was likely to be either "Employment, full-time paid" or "Military service" were asked whether their prospective employment was related to their undergraduate field of study. We also asked them to report their expected salary.
Results for all seniors and by school/college, division and program are summarized in a short report (PDF). There was considerable variation in responses to these items across CU-Boulder colleges, Arts & Sciences divisions, schools, and programs.
Geographic Data - Including Employment in Colorado
A four-page report (PDF) on states where seniors graduated from high school and states where they expect to carry out their immediate post-graduation plans for employment, further education, etc. We collected this information in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seniors' future plans surveys as well. The report includes comparisons of findings across the four survey years.
Browsers and Devices Used by Survey Respondents
Data on the browsers/devices that respondents used to take the 2013 Seniors' Future Plans Survey are available in a (PDF report). These data were collected from two sets of items on the survey that were hidden from the survey respondent. Tables in this report also show comparisons to the browser/device usage data collected from respondents to the CU-Boulder 2012 Senior Survey.
This is the third year we have collected data from an open-ended question, added to the Seniors' Future Plans Survey in 2010, that asked graduating seniors to "Please describe the ONE thing you think CU-Boulder should (or should not) do in the future to improve the university experience for students like you." The great majority (83%; N=1,333) of survey respondents answered this question. The data include both positive and negative comments on a variety of issues and experiences that were important to graduating seniors as they looked back on their entire university experience.
The topics mentioned in the seniors' comments varied widely in content. Many of the comments addressed academic issues such as positive or negative experiences with professors, instruction, the core curriculum, academic advising, etc., and other comments addressed a wide array of other topics, such as tuition increases, career services, the construction on campus, and various campus organizations, departments, and resources (e.g., the Conference on World Affairs, Norlin library, the UMC). Several example comments are provided below:
Students' verbatim written responses to this question are available to administrators and units on campus that can use them to implement and modify policies and programs associated with issues and concerns raised in the comments. The comments are provided in a password-protected Excel file accessible upon submission of a nondisclosure agreement. The Excel file includes respondents' college/school/program, Arts & Sciences division, academic department, and race/ethnicity.
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