Title

Assessing alumni success: Income is NOT the only outcome!

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-14-2015

Keywords

alumni success, arts graduates, job satisfaction, assessment, career outcomes

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2015.1098587

Abstract

Institutions may be interested in using alumni career success as evidence of institutional effectiveness, but the current study suggests that using income as the sole outcome may not be entirely capturing the occupational experience of graduates. Utilising data from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis indicated that there are two distinct components of job satisfaction for arts graduates: intrinsic satisfaction and extrinsic satisfaction. The results of ordinary least squares regression analyses for these two factors provide some relationships concerning demographic and occupational characteristics with these two areas of satisfaction. In considering overall job satisfaction, intrinsic satisfaction may play a larger role in how alumni perceive their career outcomes and success.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v. 42, no. 2, p. 195-207.

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