The Engineering Exit Assessment measures program effectiveness from the student’s perspective. The results illuminate which learning outcomes and key dimensions of the program are the strongest and which areas need to be improved. The knowledge gained from engineering benchmarking assessments drive and sustain continuous improvement programs and supports accreditation efforts. In 2010-11, the EBI Engineering Exit Assessment was completed by 11,316 respondents.
Among respondents who were planning to be employed following graduation, approximately 46% had been offered a position, 23% had interviewed, but not received an offer, and an additional 32% had not yet interviewed. A number of factors are associated with employment status at the time of the exit assessment. Students with high entering test scores and high undergraduate GPAs are significantly more likely to have an employment offer. Interestingly, the number of hours spent studying per week during college is not related to the likelihood of receiving an employment offer, but hours worked per week is related. Students who report being satisfied with the assistance they receive in preparation for a job search are more likely to receive an offer of employment. Finally, students who report that the engineering program exceeded their expectations are also more likely to have an employment offer.
A number of factors are related to whether a student has an employment offer. Students with higher incoming SAT/ACT scores and higher cumulative undergraduate GPAs are more likely to have employment offers. Satisfaction with academic advising is not related to job offers; however, satisfaction with job search preparation is. Interestingly, hours spent studying is not related to job offers, but full-time work is. Perhaps not surprisingly, students who are satisfied with their engineering program are more likely to have job offers.
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