Placement Stats and Student Success
January 31, 2012
The career services office at any university is the office that helps students get a job. So, while you're spending time with the "admissions" staff right now, don't forget to check out a university's "emissions" team as well. The staffing, resources, and philosophy of a career services office tell you much about a university's focus on outcomes and student success.
The influence of career services at Cedarville University goes far beyond coaching resume and interviewing skills, hosting career fairs, setting up internships, or offering interest and skills testing.
At Cedarville, Career Services helps students think about their career choice as a calling -- the opportunity to use unique God-given talents and abilities to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.
The leader of that team is Jeff Reep, a 22-year basketball coach at the collegiate level and a Certified Professional Career Coach who has invested the past 15+ years building into Cedarville students and advancing Kingdom opportunities for graduates around the world.
Take a moment to read his article, "Develop Your Game Plan," to see how the "coach" and his team are helping students find internships and meaningful employment. Career Services' strategy of helping students "get off the bench and into the game" is paying dividends in strong placement statistics and student satisfaction.
Cedarville's placement rates (including graduates' finding jobs in their discipline) are consistently above national benchmarks. More than 95% of Cedarville's 2010 graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of commencement! Those results are exemplary in the best of times, but in this challenging economy, the success of Cedarville graduates in finding positions or landing grad school placements is even more remarkable.
And, Cedarville students appreciate the results delivered by Career Services! According to a 2007 Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory, students ranked our Career Services department #1 in the nation. (More than 130,000 students and 288 private and public universities across the nation participated in the survey.)
We just received the results for the 2011 Student Satisfaction Inventory, and Career Services' score got even better! Cedarville's satisfaction rate for career services' resources improved from 6.0 to 6.2 on a 7-point scale. That score compares to a national private college average of just 5.2 and a CCCU (Christian college) average of 5.57.
A strong Career Services department is another evidence of Cedarville's commitment to your student's success.