Contacts with 1,096 Fort Hays State University graduates from the 2006-2007 academic year found a "success rate" -- placement in a job or enrolled in advanced study -- of 98 percent, according to a report from the university's Career Services office.
That percentage resulted from contacts with every student who graduated from a location inside the United States, said Dan Rice, director of Career Services.
"Every single graduate," said Rice, "and that's not an easy task."
The 1,096 includes Virtual College and on-campus students. Not included in the percentage are about a thousand Virtual College graduates from China and other locations around the world who were among the approximately 2,170 graduates from May 2007.
This placement rate for FHSU graduates continues the success of recent years. The placement rate was 98 percent in 2005-2006, 98 percent in 2004-05, 98 percent in 2003-04, 98 percent in 2002-03, 98 percent in 2001-02, 99 percent in 2000-01, 99 percent in 1999-2000, 99 percent in 1998-99, 98 percent in 1997-98, 97 percent in 1996-97, 97 percent in 1995-96 and 99 percent in 1994-95.
Another significant aspect of the success rate of 2007 graduates is that 87.8 percent of them are either working in their major field (769) or are continuing their education (193). That percentage is even stronger than it appears because some graduates intentionally choose to apply their education outside their fields of study. Of 2007 graduates, 84 reported being employed outside their majors, 26 were still seeking employment and 24 were not seeking employment.
The survey is conducted annually by Rice's Office of Career Services, which assists FHSU students in acquiring the skills necessary for a successful job search and provides information about available jobs. The survey report is issued in late December.
Rice said that extraordinary effort goes into the survey. His office uses phone, mail and e-mail surveys and then turns to faculty, alumni, fraternity or sorority contacts and families to find the employment or study status of graduates.
"That last 50 or so is extremely difficult," he said, "but we do it because it is important for us to know. Our theme is 'Affordable Success,' and how many of our graduates get jobs or are accepted into advanced study is an important measure of how we are doing at keeping that promise."