First Destination Survey

What is the First Destination Survey?

The First Destination Survey is very brief (three to five minute) instrument which is emailed to all graduating students approximately four weeks prior to the end of classes every semester. The results tells us what SAGU students are doing or what they plan to be doing when they graduate. The information collected relates to graduate school, career plans, salary and qualitative information pertaining to learning outcomes and students’ preparation for life after SAGU.

How the First Destination Survey Supports the Mission of SAGU:

The responses we collect and present help future students prepare for their career and post-graduation goals. The SAGU Career Center’s First Destination Survey (FDS) provides comprehensive and reliable data which can be used to accurately inform and shape career expectations of current undergraduates, new alumni, and prospective students. Equally important, the FDS facilitates SAGU compliance with the outcomes data requirements of the Higher Education Opportunities Act. It also provides accurate post-graduation outcomes information to the SAGU community at large (administrators, academic departments, etc.), parents, employers and hiring organizations.

The Unique Nature of the Career Center’s First Destination Survey:

Although there are several other efforts within the SAGU campus to ascertain the post-graduation plans of certain populations, this is the only effort focused on reporting the actual post-graduation status of all SAGU undergraduates, sent to all graduating students at the end of each quarter. We ask graduating students to share with us whether their career or graduate school plans are firmly in place, a work-in-progress, or still a mystery. Regardless, we ask them to just complete the survey as best they can so we know what exactly it is that our Lions are doing the day they graduate.

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