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Survey Shows High Employment Rate
Among 2006-07 UW-Eau Claire Graduates

RELEASED: Aug. 11, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The strong liberal arts skills and internship experiences of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduates make them attractive hires in today's employment market, said Jeanne Skoug, the university's director of Career Services.

Ninety-nine percent of the 2006-07 UW-Eau Claire graduates responding to the most recent Career Services employment survey were employed or continuing their education a year after graduation, Skoug said.

"Employers want students with strong liberal arts skills in communication, critical thinking, research and problem-solving — skills that are well developed among UW-Eau Claire graduates," she said. "There also is a trend among employers to hire students who have had internships during their undergraduate experience. At UW-Eau Claire, we recognize internships as an important part of a student's curriculum."

Sixty-six percent — or 1,255 — of the 1,894 graduates from 2006-07 responded to the employment survey. Eighty-five percent of respondents reported they were employed full or part time, and 13 percent reported they were continuing their education. One percent reported they were seeking employment.

The survey results also show an increase in the number of UW-Eau Claire graduates who find employment in the Chippewa Valley, Skoug said.

"Twenty-three percent of our graduates now stay in the area, compared to 13 percent 10 years ago," she said. "It appears that the increase in partnerships between the university and Chippewa Valley businesses to create internship programs has translated into more of our students finding employment in the area following graduation."

The translation of internships into eventual employment is in line with statistics from the 2008 Experiential Education Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which found that nearly 36 percent of new college graduates hired from the class of 2007 were from employers' own internship programs, Skoug said. Employers also reported that they extended job offers to nearly 70 percent of their interns in 2007 — up from 57 percent in 2001, she said.

The following statistics from the UW-Eau Claire employment survey reflect the current organizational structure of UW-Eau Claire and its four colleges, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and Nursing and Health Sciences:

In the College of Arts and Sciences, 491 of 835 graduates responded to the Career Services survey. Of the respondents, 343 were employed full time, 27 were employed part time, 105 were continuing their education, and 14 were seeking employment. No information was available for 344 of the graduates.

In the College of Business, 330 of 496 graduates responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 320 were employed full time, three were employed part time, six were continuing their education, and one was seeking employment. No information was available for 166 of the graduates.

In the College of Education and Human Sciences, 328 of 424 graduates responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 226 were employed full time, 43were employed part time, 54 were continuing their education, and three were seeking employment. No information was available for 96 of the graduates.

In the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 106 of 139 graduates who majored in nursing, music therapy or environmental public health responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 97 were employed full time, six were employed part time, and three were continuing their education. No information was available for 33 of the graduates.

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