Graduates working in B.C., says survey
Most graduates are at work in chosen field
What happens to B.C. university students after graduation -- are
they employed, in debt, or back at school?
More than 5,600 B.C. graduates from the class of 1997 were asked
these and other questions as part of the University Student Outcomes
Project, an initiative of The University Presidents' Council (TUPC)
and funded by the provincial Ministry of Advanced Education.
"This survey offers good news for students and prospective students,"
says UBC vice-president, Academic, Barry McBride. "B.C. graduates
are realizing the dividends of their investment in education; they're
in highly skilled and high-paying occupations right here in B.C."
Highlights of the recently released survey, which was conducted
in 1999, show that two years after graduation, more than 95 per
cent of 1997 graduates were employed -- a similar rate to that reported
by Ontario university graduates -- and a majority of respondents
found employment within a year of graduation.
Almost 70 per cent of all graduates surveyed reported their job
was to some or a great extent related to their field of study and
almost all respondents stayed in B.C.
Almost one-half of full-time employed graduates were earning $40,000
or more annually.
The debt load for about half of students was at a median of $15,000.
Ten per cent of borrowers have debts of more than $34,000.
The follow-up surveys are designed to help students make informed
choices about university programs, assist universities in planning
and address the government's need for accountability, says Dean
Goard, secretary of TUPC.
Five B.C. universities participated in the survey -- Royal Roads
University, Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern
British Columbia, the University of Victoria and UBC. Survey response
rate was 62 per cent.
The summary and complete report, prepared for TUPC by UBC's Office
of Planning and Institutional Research, may be found at www.tupc.bc.ca/student_outcomes/publications/graduate_outcomes/.
See just-released class of 1998 figures at www.tupc.bc.ca/student_outcomes/publications/summary_report_2001.pdf.