Graduates at UW-Green Bay's 2019 winter commencement ceremony

UW-Green Bay to gauge alumni satisfaction through survey

GREEN BAY, Wis.— The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is joining the UW System—embarking on an ambitious survey of alumni aimed at gauging career and education satisfaction, knowledge and skills gained, community and civic involvement, economic mobility, degree relevance, and other measures of a UW education.

UW-Green Bay alumni can access the survey beginning on Nov. 14, 2020 at this website. Alumni will also be contacted through email.

The National Alumni Career Mobility Survey will engage alumni from all UW System universities who graduated in 2010 and 2015 with bachelor’s degrees to assess a range of factors five and 10 years after graduation.

This is the first time this national survey is being conducted. Survey results are expected to be more comprehensive than “first destination” information gleaned from graduates a year out of college. Results will complement the earnings data collected by UW System from employers that showed University of Wisconsin System graduates earn a median salary of nearly $50,000 annually just a year after securing their bachelor’s degrees and more than $66,000 after five years.

“UW-Green Bay is excited to participate in the NACM survey,” says UW-Green Bay’s Director Career Services Linda Peacock-Landrum. “We will gain insights about our graduates’ experiences that far exceed the data gathered from our First Destination Survey. We plan to use the data to inform decisions about recruitment, program development and success support strategies for our students.”

The survey will take place Nov. 14 through Dec. 31, 2020 and include more than 46,000 undergraduate alumni from all 13 UW System institutions. It will be conducted under contract by the Career Leadership Collective.

“Our universities provide a tremendous value to our students, and we already know the significant earning power of a UW degree,” said UW System President Tommy Thompson in a press release, Nov. 9. “This new survey will help us better understand how UW graduates transition into the workforce and civic life.”

Survey results are expected to be available in mid-2021.

Including all measures, the survey is expected to provide UW System and individual universities with a better understanding of the career and degree satisfaction of UW System alumni and an assessment of the longer-term impact of students’ education on their careers and lives. It will also equip universities with data to enhance programs and services for current and future students.

“Our alumni are terrific ambassadors for our universities and our state,” said Regent President Andrew S. Petersen. “We look forward to learning from them.”

UW System encourages alumni from 2010 and 2015 to respond to the survey when contacted by their universities by email.

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Comm Voice article makes fantasy a reality for communication student

A new article on UW-Green Bay’s The Comm Voice blog shows the journey one UW-Green Bay student has made to secure a job before graduation. The group-written article focuses on junior Olivia Ryan, who is majoring in Communication with an emphasis on social media, organizational communication, and health communication. What helped her the most in getting a job with Schneider National were lessons she learned from her “Theories of the Interview” class taught by Professor Shauna Froelich. To read the full article, visit the Comm Voice website.

The authors of the article are UWGB students Matthew Knoke, Alexis Beck, Mackenzie Brown, and Ben Newhouse.