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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

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Table of Contents

2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Introduction / Message from Associate Director …………..………….…………………………………………….. 3 Executive Summary …………………………..…………………………………………………………………………. 4 KSU General Post-Graduation Summary ……………………………………………………………………………. 6 College of Computing and Software Engineering Results …………………………………………………….….. 8 Department of Software Engineering and Game Development …………………………………………………10 Department of Computer Science ……………………………………………………………….…………………… 16 Department of Information Technology………………………………………………………………………………20 Qualitative Data …………………………………………………………………………………………………………24

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Introduction

2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Dear Kennesaw State University Faculty, Staff & Administration: Each semester, the KSU Department of Career Planning and Development assesses the postgraduation career status of our recent graduates at each graduation ceremony. The purpose of the survey is to provide the KSU community with a glimpse of the career paths of our students at the time of their graduation. We collect information regarding employment status, graduate school attendance, and experiential education participation. On the following pages, you will find the results for the 2015-2016 graduating class. The college reports are separated by departments and majors for ease of reading. Majors that were offered on the former SPSU campus have been combined with the appropriate major on the Kennesaw campus where applicable. Further, this year students were provided additional options for their post-graduation status, to be aligned with the choices on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destination Survey. As such, the choice of “Other� for the overwhelming majority of our majors has significantly decreased. We hope this information will encourage the KSU community to continue to support the efforts of the Department of Career Planning and Development, as well as assist in providing evidence for learning outcomes as designated by the various accrediting bodies. While this data is not a comprehensive First Destination report, it is a snapshot of the graduating class at the time of graduation. Thank you for taking the time to review the attached. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. Sincerely,

Lori Trahan, PhD Associate Director Department of Career Planning and Development Kennesaw State University 470-578-6555 ltrahan@kennesaw.edu

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Executive Summary of Findings (Overall) 

At KSU, “success” means that our students are able to follow any path they may choose, whether that next step is employment, pursuit of further education, or any other goal they may define for themselves. According to this definition, 61.7% of the 2015-2016 survey respondents are successful.

KSU students reported a 62.2% rate of participation in Experiential Education programs (an increase of 6.5% over 2014-2015).

Selected Highlights: 

Highest rates of students reporting they were “Employed” at graduation (percentage of graduates from that college): o Graduate College (80.2%) o College of Business (70.1%) o College of Architecture and Construction Management (67.3%)

Highest rates of students reporting they were “Employed in Field of Choice” at graduation (percentage of overall graduates) o College of Business (28.8%) o Graduate College (23.4%) o College of Humanities and Social Science (19.8%)

Highest rates of students reporting they were “Employed in Field of Choice” at graduation (percentage of graduates from that college): o Graduate College (76.9%) o College of Architecture and Construction Management (65.5%) o College of Education (62.9%)

Highest rates of students reporting they were “Attending a Graduate Program” at graduation (percentage of graduates from that college): o College of Science and Mathematics (35.9%) o College of Humanities and Social Sciences (13.7%) o College of Health and Human Services (11.9%)

Highest rates of students reporting they participated in Experiential Education during their studies at KSU (percentage of graduates overall): o College of Humanities and Social Science (26.1%) o College of Business (22.2%) o College of Health and Human Services (15.5%)

Highest rates of students reporting they participated in Experiential Education during their studies at KSU (percentage of graduates of that college): o College of Health and Human Services (83.9%) o College of Education (78.2%) o College of the Arts (73.1%)

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Executive Summary of Findings (CoCSE)

Highlights for College of Computing and Software Engineering:    

63.4% of graduates were employed at time of graduation 57.4% of graduates were employed in their field of choice at graduation 5.7% of graduates intend to pursue graduate education 50.7% of graduates indicated they had participated in an Experiential Education opportunity

By Major: 

Highest numbers employed at graduation: o BS-Software Engineering (72.2%) o MS-Information Technology (67.5%) o BS-Information Technology (64.1%) Highest numbers employed in field of choice at graduation: o MS-Information Technology (67.5%) o BS-Software Engineering (66.6%) o BS-Information Technology (56.6%) Highest numbers pursuing graduate education: o BS-Information Technology (11.3%) o BS-Software Engineering (5.6%) o BS-Computer Science (5.4%) Highest participation in Experiential Education: o MS-Information Technology (92.1%) o BS-Software Engineering (61.1%) o BS-Computer Science (56.9%)

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General Results Summary

2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

– Results based on survey respondents

KSU Department of Career Planning and Development Post-Graduation Survey During the 2015-2016 academic year (Summer 15, Fall 15, & Spring 16 semesters), KSU graduated 5602 students total (including graduate degrees and certificates).

4205 students completed the Post-Graduation Survey. Completion Rate: 4205 / 5602 = 75.1% EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Employed = 59.9% o Employed in field of choice at graduation – 50.3% o Employed but not in field of choice at graduation: 9.6%

 Seeking Employment = 28.1% (16% increase in the number of students reporting they were seeking employment at graduation)

 Not Seeking Employment = 0.59% (83% decrease in the number of students reporting they were not planning to seek employment at time of graduation)

 Graduate School = 10.1% (1.9% decrease in the number of students reporting they will be attending or applying to a graduate program)

o Admitted to a graduate program – 3.6% o Applying to a graduate program – 6.5%

 Other = 0.93%

Employed Students 70

Percentage

60 50

40.7

40 30 20 10 0

3.8

2.7

1.8

1.1

7

2.6

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION PARTICIPATION (practical work experience):

Across all KSU majors = 62.2%

*This is an 6.5% increase in the number of students reporting they participated in Experiential Education.

OVERALL PARTICIPATION ACROSS ALL KSU MAJORS (2614) = 62.2%

Experiential Education Participation 100

.

Percentage

ï‚·

75

60

63.7

66.1

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

58.3

62.2

2014-2015

2015-2016

50 25 0

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

College of Computing and Software Engineering

KSU Department of Career Planning and Development Post-Graduation Survey (Summer 15, Fall 15, & Spring 16) During the 2015-2016 academic year, COCSE graduated 350 students (including graduate students). 282 students completed the Post-Graduation Survey. Completion Rate: 282 / 350 = 80.6%

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Employed = 63.4% (2.5% decrease in the number of COCSE students reporting employment at graduation) o Respondents reporting a job within their field of choice – 57.4% o Respondents reporting other employment – 6%

 Seeking Employment = 30.9%  Not Seeking Employment = 0.7%  Attending a Graduate Program = 5.7% o Respondents reporting that they have been admitted to a graduate program – 3.5% o Respondents reporting that they will be applying to a graduate program – 2.2%

 Other = 0%

Employed Students 70

Percentage

60

50.4

50 40 30 20 10 0

2.1

3.5

1.1

0.4

4.3

1.8

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION PARTICIPATION (practical work experience): ï‚·

Across all COCSE majors = 50.7% (32.7% increase in the number of COCSE students reporting participation in Experiential Education)

COCSE Experiential Education Participation Percentage

100 80 50.7

60 40

38.2

20 0 2014-2015

2015-2016

*Comparison data for 2011-2014 not available

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Department of Software Engineering and Computer Game Development COMPUTER GAME DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT – Completion Rate: 21 / 21 = 100%

Employment status:  Employed = 47.6% (26.9% increase over 2014-2015) o Respondents reporting a job within their field of choice – 38.1% o Respondents reporting other employment – 19%

 Seeking Employment = 38.1%  Not Seeking Employment = 0%  Attending a Graduate Program = 0% o Respondents reporting that they have been admitted to a graduate program – 0% o Respondents reporting that they will be applying to a graduate program – 0%

 Other = 0%

Employed Students 70

Percentage

60 50 40

33.3

30 20 4.8

10 0

0

0

9.5

9.5

0

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Percentage

Employment Status Trend 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

62.5 47.6 38.1

37.5

0

0

2014-2015 Employed

Seeking Employment

0

4.2

2015-2016 Graduate School

Not Seeking Employment / Other

*Employed = Employed in field of choice & NOT in field of choice *Graduate School = Accepted into a program & planning on applying to a program

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION PARTICIPATION (practical work experience): ï‚· CGDD majors (8/21) =38.1%

CCGD Experiential Education Participation Percentage

100 80 60 38.1

40 20

0

0 2014-2015

2015-2016

*Comparison data from 2011-2014

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (BS) – Completion Rate: 18/ 18 = 100%

Employment status:  Employed = 72.2% o Respondents reporting a job within their field of choice – 66.6% o Respondents reporting other employment – 5.6%

 Seeking Employment = 22.2%  Not Seeking Employment = 0%  Attending a Graduate Program = 5.6% o Respondents reporting that they have been admitted to a graduate program – 5.6% o Respondents reporting that they will be applying to a graduate program – 0%

 Other = 0%

Employed Students 70

61.1

Percentage

60 50 40 30 20 5.5

10 0

0

0

0

5.6

0

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Percentage

Employment Status Trend 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

76.5

72.2

22.2

17.6 5.9 2014-2015 Employed

Seeking Employment

5.6

0

0

2015-2016 Graduate School

Not Seeking Employment / Other

*Employed = Employed in field of choice & NOT in field of choice *Graduate School = Accepted into a program & planning on applying to a program

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION PARTICIPATION (practical work experience): 

SE majors (11/18) = 61.1% (45% increase over 2014-2015)

Software Eng. (BS) Experiential Education Participation Percentage

100 80 60

61.1 41.2

40 20 0 2014-2015

2015-2016

Comparison data from years 2011-2014 not available

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

MASTER OF SCIENCE, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING – Completion Rate: 3 / 11 = 27.2%

Employment status:  Employed = 100% o Respondents reporting a job within their field of choice – 100% o Respondents reporting other employment – 0%

 Seeking Employment = 0%  Not Seeking Employment = 0%  Attending a Graduate Program = 0% o Respondents reporting that they have been admitted to a graduate program – 0% o Respondents reporting that they will be applying to a graduate program – 0%

 Other = 0%

Employed Students 100

Percentage

100 80 60 40 20 0

0

0

0

0

0

0

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Percentage

Employment Status Trend 100

100

100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

0

0

0

2014-2015 Employed

Seeking Employment

0

0

0

2015-2016 Graduate School

Not Seeking Employment / Other

*Employed = Employed in field of choice & NOT in field of choice *Graduate School = Accepted into a program & planning on applying to a program

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION PARTICIPATION (practical work experience): 

MSSE majors (1/3) = 33.3%

MSSWE Experiential Education Participation Percentage

100 80 60

50 33.3

40 20 0 2014-2015

2015-2016

Comparison data from 2011-2014 not available

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Department of Computer Science Computer Science (BS) – Completion Rate: 123 / 154 = 79.9%

Employment status:  Employed = 61.8% (4% decrease from 2014-2015) o Respondents reporting a job within their field of choice – 56.1% o Respondents reporting other employment – 5.7%

 Seeking Employment = 30.9%  Not Seeking Employment = 1.6%  Attending a Graduate Program = 5.4% o Respondents reporting that they have been admitted to a graduate program – 2.4% o Respondents reporting that they will be applying to a graduate program – 3.3%

 Other = 0%

Employed Students 70

Percentage

60 50

48.8

40 30 20 10 0

1.6

3.3

1.6 0.8

4.9

0.8

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Percentage

Employment Status Trend 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

64.4

61.8

30.9 23 8

6.9

5.7

2014-2015 Employed

Seeking Employment

1.6

2015-2016 Graduate School

Not Seeking Employment / Other

*Employed = Employed in field of choice & NOT in field of choice *Graduate School = Accepted into a program & planning on applying to a program

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION PARTICIPATION (practical work experience): 

CS majors (70/123) = 56.9% (20.8% increase from 2014-2015) 80

Percentage

100 80 60 40

Percentage

CS Experiential Education Participation 60 40

46

20 0

47.1 2009-2010

38

42

40 56.9

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

20 0 2013-2014

2014-2015

Comparison data from 2011-2014 not available

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

MASTER OF SCIENCE, COMPUTER SCIENCE – Completion Rate: 24 / 30 = 80%

Employment status:  Employed = 54.2% (27.7% decrease from 2014-2015) o Respondents reporting a job within their field of choice – 54.2% o Respondents reporting other employment – 0%

 Seeking Employment = 41.2%  Not Seeking Employment = 0%  Attending a Graduate Program =4.2% o Respondents reporting that they have been admitted to a graduate program – 4.2% o Respondents reporting that they will be applying to a graduate program – 0%

 Other = 0%

Employed Students 70

Percentage

60

54.2

50 40 30 20 10 0

0

0

0

0

0

0

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Percentage

Employment Status Trend 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

75 54.2 41.2 25 9.1 0

0

2014-2015 Employed

Seeking Employment

0 2015-2016

Graduate School

Not Seeking Employment / Other

*Employed = Employed in field of choice & NOT in field of choice *Graduate School = Accepted into a program & planning on applying to a program

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION PARTICIPATION (practical work experience): 

MSCS majors (13/24) = 25% (116% increase from 2014-2015)

MSCS Experiential Education Participation Percentage

100 80 54.2

60 40

25

20 0 2014-2015

2015-2016

Comparison data for 2011-2014 not available

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Department of Information Technology INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – Completion Rate: 53 / 53 = 100%

Employment status:  Employed = 64.1% (6.8% increase from 2014-2015) o Respondents reporting a job within their field of choice – 56.6% o Respondents reporting other employment – 7.5%

 Seeking Employment = 28.3%  Not Seeking Employment = 0%  Attending a Graduate Program = 11.3% o Respondents reporting that they have been admitted to a graduate program – 7.5% o Respondents reporting that they will be applying to a graduate program – 3.8%

 Other = 0%

Employed Students 70

Percentage

60 50

41.5

40 30 20 10 0

5.7

7.5

1.9 0

3.8

3.8

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Percentage

Employment Status Trend 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

64.1

60 36.7

28.3 11.3 0

3.4

2014-2015 Employed

Seeking Employment

0 2015-2016

Graduate School

Not Seeking Employment / Other

*Employed = Employed in field of choice & NOT in field of choice *Graduate School = Accepted into a program & planning on applying to a program

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION PARTICIPATION (practical work experience): 

IT majors (23/53) = 26.7% (62.5% increase from 2014-2015)

Information Technology (BS) Experiential Education Participation Percentage

100 80 60 40

43.4 26.7

20 0 2014-2015

2015-2016

Comparison data for 2011-2014 not available

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

MASTER OF SCIENCE, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – Completion Rate: 40 / 63 = 63.5%

Employment status:  Employed = 70% (16.7% increase from 2014-2015) o Respondents reporting a job within their field of choice – 67.5% o Respondents reporting other employment – 2.5%

 Seeking Employment = 30%  Not Seeking Employment = 0%  Attending a Graduate Program = 0% o Respondents reporting that they have been admitted to a graduate program – 0% o Respondents reporting that they will be applying to a graduate program – 0%

 Other = 0%

Employed Students 70

65

Percentage

60 50 40 30 20 10 0

0

2.5

0

0

2.5

0

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Percentage

Employment Status Trend 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

70 62.5 37.5 30

0

0

2014-2015 Employed

Seeking Employment

0

0

2015-2016 Graduate School

Not Seeking Employment / Other

*Employed = Employed in field of choice & NOT in field of choice *Graduate School = Accepted into a program & planning on applying to a program

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION PARTICIPATION (practical work experience): 

MSIT majors (7/32) = 21.9% (94.1% increase from 2014-2015)

MS-IT Experiential Education Participation 92.1

Percentage

100 80 60 40

21.9

20 0 2014-2015

2015-2016

Comparison data for 2011-2014 not available

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

QUALITATIVE DATA Employer Information The Department of Career Planning and Development asks students who are employed in the field of choice for the name of the company for whom they will be working. Below are the names of the employers. If an employer name has a number behind their name, that particular employer was mentioned by that number of students as having hired them. Employer names without a number were listed by one (1) student only. Majors not listed had no students reporting data in this category. Computer Game Design and Development Full-time employers Cox Automotive HiRez Studios (2) Tinroof Software

University of Georgia Virtually Better

Computer Science Full-time employers ADP, Inc. (2) AirWatch AT&T (2) Automated Logic Corp. CCI CJT Software Coca-Cola Concurrent Computer Corp. Cox Automotive Fiserv (2) General Motors Georgia Pacific Lancope Cisco Liaison Technologies Life Church Macy's Part-time employers Fika Technologies SP Richards

Map Anything Momentum Telecom Noble Systems (2) Profisee Southern Staircase TalentQuest The Home Depot (7) United Health University of Tennessee-Chattanooga UPS USAN Verint Voya Financial Williams Technology, LLC

Volunteer/Service Organizations US Air Force

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Information Technology Full-time employers Agro Amazon Aventis Systems Bridges Solutions Coweta County Government DeKalb County Board of Health EVOQ Medical Ignition One INPO Intercontinental Exchange

Keynote Systems Lexis Nexis N3, LLC OnePath Systems (2) OpenSpan Park Mobile Square Care TACG The Tri-State Technical Services

Part-time employers ADP Ignition One

Software Engineering Full-time employers C.W. Matthews Contracting Cox Communications Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority Ignition One Leidos, Inc.

Macy's Mohwak Industries NCR Northrop Grumman

Part-time employers Kennesaw State University

Master of Science, Computer Science Full-time employers Better Cloud IHG Intradiem Kennesaw State University

Lexis Nexis Panasonic Automotive Systems Travelport, Inc. Verifone

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

Master of Science, Information Technology Full-time employers Airwatch American BOA AT&T (2) CACI Delta Community Credit Union General Motors Georgia State University Herschend Family Entertainment IHG Kennesaw State University

Macy's Sampra Soft Simeio Solutions State of Georgia Turner Broadcasting Ultimate Software Valdosta State University (2) Verizon Wireless WellStar Health System

Master of Science, Software Engineering Full-time employers Northrop Grumman Mohwak Industries

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

QUALITATIVE DATA CONT. Graduate School Information The Department of Career Planning and Development asks students who have been accepted to a graduate school for the name of the school and program they are going to complete. Below are the names of the graduate schools and programs (if listed). If graduate school name has a number behind their name, that particular graduate school/program was mentioned by that number of students as having accepted them. School/program names without a number were listed by one (1) student only. Majors not listed had no students reporting data in this category. Computer Game Design and Development KSU/MS Computer Science

Computer Science GA State U KSU/MS Software Engineering

Information Technology Kennesaw State University/MSIT (4)

Software Engineering Georgia Tech

Master of Science Computer Science University of Cincinnati/PhD Computer Science

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2015-2016 Graduation Survey Report Department of Career Planning and Development

QUALITATIVE DATA CONT. Other The Department of Career Planning and Development asks students to tell us what they will be doing after graduation if none of the provided options match their plans. Below is the list of information students provided in the “Other” category. If an option has a number behind their name, that particular option was mentioned by that number of students as being the option they are pursuing. Options without a number were listed by one (1) student only. Majors not listed had no students reporting data in this category.

No students in the CoCSE indicated a response for “Other”

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Graduation survey for Kennesaw State University's College of Computing and Software Engineering