Graduate Survey

  • The IUP Career and Professional Development Center annually collects the post-graduation activities and status of that year’s graduating class. For the best knowledge rate, we administered an online survey, sought additional data from the university’s six academic colleges, contracted with a data collection company, and conducted internet searches to verify data.  The National Association of Colleges and Employers defines the knowledge rate as the percent of graduates for whom the institution has reliable and verifiable information regarding graduates’ post-graduation statuses. This survey report includes survey response results as well as knowledge rate data.

    Demonstrating the first-destination success of our graduates is worthwhile. Colleges and universities are scrutinized for the return on investment they provide to students, because of economic challenges and inflation in the US, the cost of higher education, and the demands families/consumers face to meet these costs. We work diligently to stay abreast of the latest trends in workforce development to provide programs and services that contribute to IUP’s mission and efforts in academic support, student retention and persistence, enrollment management, and return on educational investment.

    It’s important to note that we cannot easily measure the total positive effects of a college education, just as indicators of success are not employment and earnings alone. Certainly, as the NACE First-Destination Survey Standards and Protocols document states, “The most significant and substantive outcomes occur over the lifetime of the individual graduate.”

    Tammy Manko, EdD

    Highlights for the Class of 2018 

    (all degree levels)

    3,069 Total Recent Graduates

    (only 2,465 had accurate contact information)

    2,465 Recent Graduates Surveyed

    (80 percent of total number of graduates)

    12 percent Survey Response Rate

    (298 graduates responded to the survey)

    52 percent

    Total Knowledge Rate

    (1,598 graduates for whom we have reasonable, verifiable data)

    98 percent Are Productive

    (1,564 recent graduates for whom data was gathered)

    Of Survey Respondents...

    83 percent Are Employed in Field of Choice

    (143 graduates/survey respondents)

    91 percent are Productive

    (298 graduates/survey respondents)

    8 percent were Seeking Employment

    (25 graduates/survey respondents) at time of data collection


    Class of 2018

    August 2017, December 2017, and May 2018 graduates


    The percentage of graduates falling into any of the following categories:

    • employed full-time or part-time
    • pursuing additional education full-time or part-time
    • serving in the military or other service organization
    • not seeking employment or additional education

    Total Knowledge Rate

    The percentage of graduates for whom we have reasonable and verifiable information regarding post-graduation statuses 

    To advance the success of IUP graduates, the CPDC provides multiple opportunities for students and alumni to engage in career education and professional development programs and activities, including, but not limited to, the following: 

    • Mock interviews
    • Etiquette dinners
    • Presentations/workshops
    • Career coaching
    • Résumé reviews
    • Cover letter reviews
    • Internship/job search assistance
    • Graduate school preparation
    • Networking events
    • Service learning/community service
    • Career/job and internship fairs
    • On-campus interviews/ recruitment
    • Career and major exploration
    • National Student Exchange
    • The Washington Center
    • Disney College Program 

    Select Employers Hiring IUP Graduates

    (not a comprehensive list)

    • Alcoa
    • Amazon
    • American Eagle Outfitters
    • Automated Health Systems
    • Automatic Data Processing (ADP)
    • Bechtel
    • BNY Mellon
    • Cintas
    • Deloitte
    • DHL
    • DICK’s Sporting Goods
    • Enterprise
    • Highmark Health
    • JCPenney
    • KPMG
    • Merrill Lynch
    • Northwestern Mutual
    • Pennsylvania Department of Health
    • Penn State Hershey Medical Center
    • PNC
    • Red House Communications
    • S&T Bank
    • Siemens Corporation
    • UPMC
    • US Government
    • Various accounting/finance firms
    • Various educational institutions
    • WebFX
    • Wesco International Inc.

    While some degrees are clearly in higher demand in the workforce, IUP students are provided opportunities for learning about the value of and how to leverage transferrable skills and soft skills to complement their classroom experience. Ultimately, the students who master these lessons will be most effective in the workplace. According to current research, employers seek these skills in employees:

    1. Critical thinking and problem solving
    2. Collaboration across networks and teamwork
    3. Leadership with ability to influence others, sell
    4. Technical knowledge related to job
    5. Agility and adaptability; ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
    6. Initiative, entrepreneurialism, work ethic, professionalism
    7. Effective verbal and written communication
    8. Proficiency with computer software programs
    9. Accessing and analyzing information
    10. Curiosity and imagination
  • The Graduate First Destination Survey Report for the Class of 2018 was prepared by members of the Career and Professional Development Center team as well as other IUP staff members:

    Jan Shellenbarger
    On-Campus Recruitment/ Technology Coordinator, CPDC

    Tammy Manko
    Director, CPDC

    Special thanks to other IUP staff members who were instrumental in the data collection and compilation processes:

    Nathan Bish
    Technical Manager, Division of University Advancement

    Career Development Advocates, CPDC