About Post-Graduation Activity Survey and Report

Career and Student Employment Services conducts the annual Post-Graduation Activity Survey on behalf of the University. The survey is conducted in accordance with the “Standards and Protocols for the Collection and Dissemination of Graduating Student Initial Career Outcomes Information” published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Three weeks before each graduation, all graduating students receive an email from their college dean, department chairperson, or program director with a personalized link to the Post-Graduation Activity Survey. Survey respondents select one post-graduation activity category: working full time, working part time, further education or study, military service, volunteering full time (like Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, mission work), other commitments (e.g., family, travel, etc.), or looking for work.

Nonrespondents receive at least four reminders via email. For the graduates who have not responded to the survey after multiple invitations, we gather employment data from public LinkedIn profiles. Survey response rate was 61%, while the overall knowledge rate was 77%. Seventy-nine percentof the data in this report was obtained through the online questionnaire and 21% through LinkedIn. 

Post-graduation activity data was updated throughout the year by following up with respondents who indicated they were seeking employment at the time of completing the survey. The data collection cycle ended on October 15, 2017. 

Sixty-one percent (61%, N=1733) of respondents working full time reported a salary range. Salary information is reported only for full-time employment, and it includes salaries for jobs outside the United States. We publish median salary ranges for majors/programs with at least five reported salaries. At the end of the report we include national data from the Salary Surveys published by NACE. All salary data is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used for comparisons or predictions. 

The report lists all WMU majors for which sufficient data has been collected. Names of majors in the report align with those listed at wmich.edu/academics. If there are fewer than five primary activity responses for a program (or for one degree level of a program), data from 2015–16 is added and/or similar majors are combined. If there are fewer than five responses for a program from 2015–16 and 2016–17 together, the program is not included in the report. Data from 2015–16 is added only to the individual reports for the majors, not to the overall college or university reports. 

There were 286 students who completed two or more majors during the graduation period. They are included once in each section of the report that corresponds to one of their degrees. No student’s data is ever counted twice in the same report section. 

One purpose of this report is to help students with career exploration. To that end, reports for individual majors and programs include sample job titles and employer names.