Graduate surveys are the central source of information on the match between higher education qualifications and labour market requirements. They provide, for example, answers to the following questions:
- What are the job titles and main activities of graduates?
- What income and employment conditions can today's graduates expect?
- Is the curriculum of a study programme appropriate for the professional activity?
- Who enters the labour market after completing a bachelor degree, who takes up a master programme?
- How do graduates rate the quality of their study programme in retrospect?
For the first time, a nationwide survey of graduates combines a national representative sample and a study design with the opportunity for participating universities to include additional indicators based on their requirements. This new approach makes possible to use data not only for national education monitoring, scientific research in higher education but also for quality assessment of individual higher education institutions (HEI). Furthermore, parallel surveys by different actors are avoided. At the same time, the instrument allows for a seamless continuation of most of the time series that originated in the DZHW graduate survey, the KOAB studies or a format based on one of these two types.
Joint Research Project
The Graduate Panel 2017 is carried out as a collaborative research project between three research institutions. The German Center for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZWH), Hanover, the International Centre for Higher Education Research at the University of Kassel (INCHER-Kassel) and the Institute for Applied Statistics (ISTAT), all important supraregional players in the field of graduate research joined forces to implement a long-term solution, which takes into account the interests of different user groups.