WHY GRADUATE SURVEYS?
Graduate surveys provide information on the professional fields and main activities of graduates, income and working hours, the fit between professional activity and the curriculum and retrospective evaluation of study programmes.
These information provide multiple possible applications for the quality enhancement of study programmes and the improvement of service provisions. For example, results can be used by career services and student advisory services or to improve training of key transferable skills. Faculties and departments can check whether their ideas about skill development and professional fields correspond to the practical experiences of graduates.
Transition from Bachelor to Master
How many graduates of a Bachelor degree enter a master programme, which universities do they prefer for their studies, and have there been frictions in the transition from bachelor to a master programme – answers to these questions are no doubt relevant for the planning of HEIs.
Rating of study conditions and provisions in retrospect
Certain aspects of study conditions and provisions can be rated only in the context of experiences within the labour market. For example, the relationship between theory and practice, the practical relevance of studies or the perception of own skills can be rated by graduates better than by students.
Evidence for (Re-)Akkreditation
Results of graduate survey demonstrate the monetary and non-monetary success of graduates on the labour market. Thus, the general objective of higher education is addressed.
The Participation of Higher Education Institutions in ap2017
Graduates of the examination year 2017 were selected for the AP2017 using a random sample. Individual study programmes of various HEIs (both state and private HEIs) were drawn into the sample.
The AP2017 relies on the participation of HEIs to contact graduates: for privacy reasons invitations and reminders for the survey are sent via the HEI. The field phase took place in winter 2018/2019. An online questionnaire was used for the survey, which was provided centrally by the AP2017. During the preparation and implementation of the field phase, the HEIs were supported and supervised by ISTAT.
All participating HEIs receive free tabular as well as graphic presentations for the study programmes surveyed in the ap2017. All other survey results will be published in such a form that the identification of institutions and individuals will not be possible.
Material costs incurred by participation are refunded by the ap2017, such as costs for shipping or updating of contact data.
In addition to a nationwide representative sample, higher education institutions (HEI) had the possibility to extend the survey to a census for their individual HEI. This was carried out via participation in the "Kooperationsprojekt Absolventenstudien" (KOAB), which was coordinated by ISTAT (this option entails costs).