An impressive 97 percent of 2016 Centre College graduates are employed or pursuing advanced study, according to the annual outcomes report generated by the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD). The results are based on a 96 percent knowledge rate, with responses from 291 out of 303 graduates.
“Preparing students for meaningful lives of work and service is not merely a goal or aspiration at Centre College,” said President John A. Roush. “It is a reality we continue to deliver on year after year.”
The extraordinary results match those compiled by Joy Asher, director of the CCPD, and her staff over the last four years. Outcomes for the classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015 were similarly high, hitting 96, 95 and 98 percent, respectively, for a four-year average of 96.5 percent, and on equally high response rates.
“Intentional” is probably the best word to describe the results, said Asher. “Barely a month into their first semester, we work with students during extended orientation to begin thinking about mapping out a path for post-graduate success.”
These efforts have been supported over the last several years by increased staffing and a new approach to advising that also includes students serving as peer mentors. As well, the CCPD has partnered with the Office of Alumni Engagement to create the Career Mentor Network, which leverages the networking potential of what is often referred to as the “Centre mafia.”
“Add all these elements together,” Asher concludes, “and we think we have a recipe for success.”
Top industries in which 2016 graduates are employed include financial services (13 percent); international employment and education (both 12 percent); science/research (10 percent); technology (8 percent); non-profit and business fields (7 percent each); medicine/healthcare, the arts and marketing/sales (6 percent each); and government/law (3 percent).
Employers include recognizable names like GE, Lockheed Martin, Liberty Mutual, State Street Global Advisors, Dell and Teach For America.
Those pursuing advanced study are seeking degrees in medicine/healthcare (24 percent), science (15 percent), law (14 percent), the social sciences (12 percent), arts and humanities (11 percent), business (8 percent) and education (5 percent).
The most popular field breaks down further to include medicine/MD (6 percent); pharmacy (4 percent); dentistry, veterinary and nursing (3 percent each); physical and occupational therapy (both 2 percent); and histotechnology and public health (1 percent each).
Featured graduate and professional schools include Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Emory, George Washington, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Tufts and Vanderbilt, along with the universities of Chicago, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia. International educational destinations include the London School of Economics and University College of London.
Finally, four students from the Class of 2016 received post-graduate awards, with one serving on a Fulbright grant in Costa Rica, another teaching in France through the French Embassy Teaching Assistant program and two in Japan with JET, the Japanese Exchange & Teaching Program.
All graduates have benefitted one way or another from the Centre Commitment, which guarantees graduation in four years, a study abroad experience, and participation in either an internship and/or undergraduate research. And on the last element, continued progress has been made, even over the last year.
Class of 2016 graduates participated in internships or research projects at a record high 93 percent, an increase over the previous year’s figure of 82 percent.
Internships were both academic and non-credit experiences, and research took place both on- and off-campus. Many of these experiences were supported by generous funding from Centre that has only increased over the years not only from the James Graham Brown Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation but also the Parents Council.
by Michael Strysick
April 12, 2017