Assessment of Post-Graduation Student Outcomes

Topics: Academic Affairs, Alumni Affairs, Advancement

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Research Questions

  • How do institutions define and assess post-graduate success?
  • What types of longitudinal indicators do institutions use to measure the impact of academic program quality on graduates’ success?
  • Who on campus is responsible for collecting data on post-graduation student success?
  • At what intervals or career milestones are graduates measured?
  • How do institutions use assessment data for internal improvement?


Because of the rising costs of higher education, many administrators are seeking information about long-term student outcomes to demonstrate the value of their institution’s education. This brief examines longitudinal assessments of post-graduation student success at research universities, including assessment content, structure, distribution, and analysis. Additionally, the brief explores the ways in which administrators use assessment data for institutional improvements.

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