It has always been our philosophy that employers’ opinions of our graduates are one of the most valuable indicators of how effectively we’re educating students.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn (PRWEB) March 30, 2012
The universities, which operate within Globe Education Network (GEN), survey employers 90 days after hiring their graduates. The most recent responses were collected September 2011–January 2012.
Rating options included 1=poor, 2=below average, 3=average, 4=good, and 5=excellent.
Mitch Peterson, Ph.D., GEN’s director of institutional effectiveness, said the universities survey employers to remain attentive to their needs and perceptions.
“We asked employers to rate our graduates’ overall job performance in comparison to other employees in similar positions with similar levels of experience,” he said. “Having 81 percent of the 283 external employers who answered this question rate our graduates favorably indicates that we’re preparing students well to meet employers’ needs.”
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ “Job Outlook 2012” survey, employers rate teamwork and communications abilities as the most important skills in job candidates.
Eighty percent of employers rated the GEN universities graduates’ communications skills as “good” or “excellent,” and 87 percent rated teamwork skills as “good” or “excellent.”
Jeanne Herrmann, GEN’s chief operating officer, said the universities’ attention to employer satisfaction goes beyond benefitting students and employers.
“It has always been our philosophy that employers’ opinions of our graduates are one of the most valuable indicators of how effectively we’re educating students,” Herrmann said. “But using this information to continually improve our programs also helps build a competitive workforce that strengthens our communities and local economies.”
The universities also engage employers in program advisory committees, soliciting feedback on curriculum to ensure students learn the skills employers seek the most.
One nonprofit employer who completed the survey said, “Since [this employee] has started and finished your school, she has opened up more, she is more confident, and is a more active member of our team.”
The university keeps specific survey responses confidential.
Survey respondents represented a variety of employers, including health care, government, retail, financial, veterinary, chiropractic, restaurant and nonprofit organizations, among others.
About Globe University, Minnesota School of Business (MSB) and Broadview University
Globe University, Minnesota School of Business (MSB), and Broadview University are part of Globe Education Network (GEN), a family-managed collaborative body of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. Globe University, MSB and Broadview University are accredited and offer master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in several career fields. More than 30 programs are available online.