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2016 Senior Survey General Information

 The Senior Survey is administered annually by the Office of Student Affairs Assessment and Strategic Initiatives (SAASI) to document the post-graduation career pathways of our most recent graduates. This information helps us to better understand the career pathways of our graduating seniors--as they help inform decisions about resources, program improvements, and trends. Some of the aggregated information is used to measure our success as noted on the SUNY Report Card,

What do you do with this information?

Aggregated responses are used to for reporting for national and program benchmarks, SUNY reporting and academic program assessment needs. This information is recoded into an interactive data visualization that show the career pathways of our graduates. Schools and academic programs use infographics of key data points to help tell the story of the career pathways of our most recent graduates. Parents, incoming and current students have found this information helpful as they explore career related opportunities.

Respondents were informed that their Individual responses remain confidential and used only to create aggregated responses. The confidentiality of responses is protected by federal laws that prohibit usage of the information beyond basic statistical analysis.

Who  received the survey?

Undergraduate students who had filed their Spring 2016 degree candidacy by the University recommended deadline of April 4, 2016 were sent the survey with timed follow-ups through June 30, 2016 to non-respondents. Post commencement six follow up occurred for those who officially graduated and had responded to the initial survey that they were still seeking a career destination.

Secondary data sources were used for students who did not respond to the survey and were included only when the information was deemed to be legitimate and verifiable. We deem the combined primary and secondary sources to be considered as “survey respondents” using standards derived by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) at Michigan State, and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). These responses create a "knowledge rate"  for reporting purposes.

What was the "knowledge rate"?

 From an overall population of 2,424 graduating seniors, we obtained responses of 2,089 representing a 86% response rate.  For items consisting of the total sample, we can be 95% confident that the percentages reported fall within 2.67 percentage points above or below the actual percentage within the entire population of graduating seniors. This allows us to be reasonably confident that the numbers reported for the question reflect the answer for the entire population. 

Knowledge rates are also calculated by school as noted below:

College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA)


Decker School of Nursing (DSON)


Harpur College


School of Management (SOM)


Watson School



What types of questions were asked on the survey?

The seven question survey consisted of a series of branched questions related to the initial response of “What is your immediate primary destination upon graduation? " following the NACE Preliminary Destination Standards and Protocols for collection of Undergraduate Career outcomes.

The branched questions pertain to the selected career destination pathway (employment, continuing education, volunteer programs) to provide further detail such as employer, salary, type of degree program at what institution and type of volunteer program. This information is used to determine if a graduate was "placed" in a career destination of their choosing as shown below:

Survey Response- Which BEST describes your PRIMARY status after graduation?

Destination Path

Placement status

Employed full-time (on average less than 30 hours per week)



Employed part-time (on average 30 hours or more  per week)


Serving in the U.S. Military


Seeking employment but not yet hired


Enrolled in a program of continuing education

Continuing Education


Planning to continue education but not yet accepted


Participating in a volunteer or service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Teach for America)



Not seeking employment or education at this time




Detailed data rules for how this information is coded and presented, as well as a copy of the survey instrument are available upon request through the Office of Student Affairs Assessment & Strategic Initiatives (SAASI).  You may email

Last Updated: 4/15/19