Contacts with 1,027 Fort Hays State University graduates from the 2007-2008 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.
The percentage resulted from contacts with every FHSU graduate from locations inside the United States, said Dan Rice, director of Career Services.
The 1,027 figure includes Virtual College and on-campus students. Not included in the percentage are Virtual College graduates from China and other locations around the world.
This placement rate for FHSU graduates continues the success of recent years. The placement rate was 98 percent in 2006-07, 98 percent in 2005-06, 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 1996-1997, 97 percent in 1995-96 and 99 percent in 1994-95.
"We've been fortunate," Rice said. "We help students get there, whether it's graduate school or jobs."
Another significant aspect of the success rate of 2008 graduates is that 726 of them are working in their major field and 161 are continuing their education. Of 2008 graduates, 93 reported being employed outside their majors, 23 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 each year.
Rice said an 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, families, and various other sources to find the employment or study status of all graduates.