STATE magazine Fall 2021

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ISU’s First Destination Survey shows solid results during pandemic Despite the pandemic, Indiana State University posted a 92 percent placement rate in the Class of 2020 First Destination Survey. The 92 percent placement rate reflects those graduates who were employed, went to graduate school, or entered the military. The survey is compiled by ISU’s Career Center using standards established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. ISU collected data from more than 67 percent of the 2,634 graduates in August 2019, December 2019, and May 2020. Those graduates had an average starting salary of $50,330, according to the survey. “These are very strong results considering how the pandemic changed people’s lives,” ISU President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis said. “This underscores the remarkable resilience of the Class of 2020 and the impact of an ISU education. We deliver value to our students and focus on the workforce needs of the state of Indiana.” The survey showed that 64 percent of graduates stayed in Indiana. Nancy Rogers, Vice President for University Engagement, said ISU’s Career Center works hard to match students with jobs. “ISU’s academic programs, with their strong focus on experiential learning, and our co-curricular engagement opportunities do an excellent job of preparing students for their careers in whatever field they choose to pursue,” Rogers said. “In addition, we have an outstanding Career Center team that works tirelessly to provide opportunities for students to build their career readiness skills and interact with employers.” FALL/WINTER 2021