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Post-graduation Outcomes

The University evaluates post-graduation outcomes through the Graduating Student Exit Survey (GSES), which is administered to graduating seniors at the end of each fall and spring semester. The Graduate Exit Survey is used to collect information on the college experience and the satisfaction of services provided by the University to students. The exit survey is designed to provide information about graduating students on both undergraduate and graduate levels by soliciting feedback regarding their experiences at NSU and their plans. The survey was revised in fall 2016 to seek information on students' post-graduation status.

On average, survey response rates exceeded 80 percent. However, due to the COVID pandemic, the survey was not administered in spring 2020, and the pandemic also led to the survey’s low response rate in the following semester.  The survey response rate in fall 2020 was 32 percent.

The University's target is that the majority of students will report being employed or enrolled in a graduate program. In fall 2020, over 77 percent of students reported being employed, serving in the military or enrolled in a graduate program. 

Graduating Student Exit Survey Post-Graduation Status by Semester

Post-Graduation Status

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Fall 2019

Spring 2020*

Fall 2020

Employed Full-time

 35%

30%

 42%

53%

42%

42%

75%

-

39%

Employed Part-time

 9%

 10%

 15%

14%

13%

11%

- -

12%

Post-graduate intern or fellow

 2%

 3%

 1%

7%

1%

3%

-

-

2%

Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School

 5%

 7%

 3%

10%

14%

16%

-

-

22%

Serving in the U.S. military

 3%

 4%

 2%

6%

4%

2%

-

-

2%

Total

54%

54%

63%

90%

74%

74%

75%

-

77%

     *The survey was not administered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Graduating Student Exit Survey Results

 

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Spring 2020*

Fall 2020

Overall quality of instruction

98%

95%

-

98%

Quality of advising about coursework in you major/progam

85%

86%

-

78%

Opportunities for experiences outside of the classroom that supported your program development

87%

86%

-

87%

Degree requirements were  relevant to my professional goals

82%

79%

-

86%

Course content reflected current trends in my field

78%

80%

-

85%

Gave me a sense of competence in my major field of study

81%

75%

-

88%

Involved the application of theoretical knowledge to practical situations

82%

79%

-

88%

Overall experience at Norfolk State University

77%

77%

-

86%

*The survey was not administered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2017, the University began administering the NACE First Destination Survey. The survey seeks information on students' status since graduation and is designed to be administered to alumni one-year after graduation. The University's target is that the majority of alumni will report being employed or enrolled in a graduate or professional program. The pilot survey was launched in Spring 2017, and the response rate was 10 percent. In Spring 2018, the survey response rate increased to 14 percent.

On average, the majority of alumni reported being employed or enrolled in a graduate or professional program, as shown in the 2017-2018 Alumni Outcomes Report

Alumni Survey Primary Status after Graduation

Post-Graduation Status

Spring 2017

Spring 2018

Employed Full-time

59%

52%

Employed Part-time

 6%

8%

Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School

 23%

24%

Serving in the U.S. military

 2%

5%

Total

90%

89%

              

Source: 2017-2018 Alumni Outcomes Report