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. Nonrespondents receive at least four reminder messages via email. The questionnaire asks students to select one of the planned post-graduation activity category from a list: “working”; “further education or study”; “military service”; “volunteering full time (e.g., Peace Corps)”; “other commitments,” “other.” One of the choices includes “I decline to participate in this survey.”

For those students who have not responded to the survey after multiple invitations, we ask department chairpersons and faculty who know the students to provide any post-graduation activity information they are aware of. Additionally, Career and Student Employment Services gathers employment data from public LinkedIn profiles of graduates who do not respond.

Post-graduation activity data is also updated throughout the year by following up with respondents who indicated that they were seeking employment at the time of completing the survey. The data collection cycle end in October each year.

The Post-Graduation Activity Report includes salary information for full-time employment located in the United States and outside the U.S.  Median salary ranges are published for majors/programs with at least five reported salaries. 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 the previous year is added and/or similar majors are combined. If there are fewer than five responses for a program from two consecutive years together, the program is not included in the report. Similarly, two years of employment data (i.e., salary, job satisfaction, etc.) are reported together when fewer than five responses are available from the current year. Data from the previous year is added only to the individual reports for the majors, not to the overall college or university reports.

Students who complete completed two or more undergraduate majors and those who complete two master’s degrees during the graduation period 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. This information is provided by survey respondents from two consecutive years.

NACE and Career and Student Employment Services acknowledge that the positive impact of a college education cannot be measured merely in terms of employment, earnings, or continued education. The most significant and substantive outcomes of personal and professional growth occur over the lifetime of the individual graduate.