HESA published a blog on 26th March 2018, Graduate Outcomes: a new way of working, which covered how a range a providers are preparing for the new Graduate Outcomes survey. The blog highlights Independent Higher Education, and the approaches being taken by two IHE members, New College of the Humanities and SAE Institute. The relevant extract from the article can be read below:
The alternative provider approach
At IHE we are aware that most independent higher education providers are only just completing their first round of Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys, which means that, for many, the move to Graduate Outcomes may not be at the forefront of their minds. However, some providers are seeing the transition to the new survey as a positive change by developing forward-looking systems to capture alumni data and measure graduate success in their own context.
New College of the Humanities
New College of the Humanities are collecting student contact data as part of an integrated programme which includes careers support and a survey that captures graduate aspirations. Completed with all final year students as part of a structured activity early in their last year, graduating students are given information on the survey including what happens with their information. Using this approach students have the chance to ask questions and give permission to share their data with HESA. They also complete a short questionnaire on their employability experience and future aspirations. This data will be linked to the Graduate Outcomes responses to help better support students in developing vital skills and experience.
The SAE Institute is developing their alumni links through both social media and an alumni support offer to better maintain a connection with graduates after they finish. This will help them keep contact information up-to-date during the 15-month period between graduation and when they will be contacted to complete the survey. They are also conducting a survey of existing alumni, to find out what they were doing 15 months to 2 years after graduation and beyond. This includes questions on what challenges alumni faced post-graduation and suggestions for changes which would help current students. As independent providers will not have access to the extensive LEO data that public providers have, SAE hope this survey will give them an idea of how their courses hold value over time.
The full blog post can be read here: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/blog/26-03-2018/graduate-outcomes-new-way-of-working
- On 27th March 2018