Where do Wayne State Ph.D.s end up?

The data dashboard compiles data from our extensive Ph.D. alumni census, a collaboration between the Graduate School and the Office of Institutional Research. The project was designed to gather data that would help us better understand and support for the career trajectories of our doctoral alumni and assess the economic factors that affect Ph.D.s in the workforce. By understanding who employs our doctoral alumni, and in what capacity, we are better able to adapt our programs for the changing work environment of the 21st century.

Doctoral alumni census

Wayne State has graduated approximately 3,000 Ph.D. students in the 15 year period from 1999-2014. This project attempted to find as many of these doctoral alumni as possible. Through a coordinated effort including conversations with faculty mentors, search of electronic records and an alumni census survey, we successfully identified employers and job titles for nearly 90% of these alumni. We followed that up with a census sent out to 642 of those alumni and received responses from 568 (88%), validating and updating information collected from the cyber search process.

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This is an on-going process. Census surveys will be executed annually to monitor the career progression of our doctoral alumni through their careers, documenting the contribution of these alumni to the companies, organizations, and educational institutions with whom they work and contributing to the awareness nationally of the economic impact of graduate education to both the individuals as well as their employers.

Data Dashboard

Explore the data dashboard by scrolling horizontally through the tabs to find a depth of information relevant to both the progression of students through their doctoral programs across all fields at the university as well as the employment outcomes for aggregate data from the university as a whole, individual Colleges and Schools within the university or specific departments within those Colleges and Schools.

For more on the goals, details and analysis of the project read the article, "Using Longitudinal Data on Career Outcomes to Promote Improvements and Diversity in Graduate Education," by Andrew L. Feig, Leah Robinson, Song Yang, Mark Byrd and Ambika Mathur in Change: A Magazine of Higher Learning.