The Career Development Center at Anderson University recently released the results of a placement report representing the Class of 2012. Findings from the survey indicate that 85 percent of respondents reported being employed full-time or part-time in a field related to their majors. Ten percent of 2012 AU graduates reported they were continuing their studies. The overall placement rate (employment plus graduate school) for the Class of 2012 was 95 percent with 70 percent remaining in Indiana.
"At a time when college graduates and families are concerned about the value of a college degree, the Anderson University student success experience is of great encouragement,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “Placement at this level, especially in the graduate's field of interest speaks well of the preparation and energetic commitments of Anderson students. We are proud of our graduates and are encouraged to have such exceptionally strong placement results for the class of 2012.”
The placement report is based on responses from 388 out of 396 bachelor’s degree recipients, representing 98 percent of the 2012 graduating class. Additional highlights from the 2012 placement report include:
- The College of Science and Humanities (COSH) awarded the greatest number of degrees for the Class of 2012 with 184 degrees awarded (or 46 percent of the graduating class). The placement rate for the college was 96 percent (83 percent employed and 13 percent continuing on to graduate school). Seventy-two percent of COSH graduates placed remained in Indiana.
- The Falls School of Business (FSB) awarded 81 degrees representing 21 percent of the Class of 2012. The placement rate for the FSB was 96 percent (79 percent employed and 17 percent continuing their studies). Seventy-one percent of FSB graduates placed remained in Indiana.
- Sixteen percent of the Class of 2012 earned degrees through the College of the Arts (COA). The placement rate for COA graduates was 92 percent (89 percent employed and 3 percent continuing on to graduate school). Sixty percent of COA graduates placed remained in Indiana.
- The School of Education represented 8 percent of the Class of 2012. The placement rate for SOE graduates was 91 percent (88 percent employed and 3 percent continuing on to graduate school). Seventy-one percent of SOE graduates placed remained in Indiana.
- The School of Nursing graduated 31 new nurses with 100 percent reporting being employed. Seventy-seven percent remained in Indiana.
“We’re encouraged by the improving college labor market as reported in the 2012-2013 Recruiting Trends survey, which is conducted annually by Michigan State’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI),” said Laurie Judge, director of the Career Development Center at Anderson University. “However, it’s still pretty tough out there, so our students have to go above and beyond to acquire the skills and experiences that will set them apart from the rest of the candidate pool.”
“While the goal is for 100 percent of graduates seeking full-time employment opportunities to be successful, the reality of today’s labor market suggests new graduates have to be more prepared in the softer skill areas employers are seeking today — things like demonstrated leadership, problem solving, and people skills,” added Judge. “These are the kinds of skills that a liberal arts education nurtures both in and out of the classroom.”
The information in the report was received in response to an online survey emailed to graduates in November 2012, with reminder emails in December and January 2013. The report represents a collaborative effort between the Career Development Center, deans, department chairs, faculty and staff, parents, and employers.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.