Contacts with 1,222 Fort Hays State University graduates from the 2011-2012 academic year found a "success rate" -- placement in a job or enrolled in advanced study -- of 95 percent, according to a report from the university's Office of Career Services.
Career Services contacts every FHSU graduate inside the United States. The 1,222 figure includes Virtual College, on-campus students, and associate and undergraduate degree students. Not included in the percentage are Virtual College graduates from China and other nations.
This placement rate for FHSU graduates continues the success of recent years. The placement rate was 94 percent in 2010-11. 94 percent in 2009-10, 95 percent in 2008-09, 98 percent in 2007-08, 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 1996-97, 97 percent in 1995-96 and 99 percent in 1994-95.
Another significant aspect of the success rate of 2012 graduates is that 841 of them are working in their major fields and 190 are continuing their education. Another 114 reported being employed outside their majors, 56 were still seeking employment, and 19 were not seeking employment.
Geographic employment data show that 191 are working in Ellis County, 342 are employed in western Kansas, 150 are employed in other Kansas regions, and 272 are employed out-of-state.
The annual survey is conducted by the Office of Career Services. The office assists FHSU students in acquiring the skills necessary for a successful job search and provides information about available jobs. It also assists students who are seeking admission to graduate school.
An extraordinary effort goes into the completion of the survey. The Career Services Office staff uses phone, mail and e-mail surveys and then turns to faculty, alumni, fraternity or sorority contacts, families, neighbors, and various other sources to find the employment or study status of all graduates.