Alumni Outcomes Project
In 2018, Boise State contracted with EMSI of Moscow, ID for their Alumni Insight service. EMSI employs a detailed matching process that connects employment data to the list of graduates provided. The resulting employment information includes data from three categories: government sources, online job posting activity, and professional profiles and resumes.
All living alumni who earned a bachelor’s degree or above from Boise State up through December 2017 were included in the analysis. The overall match rate, or percentage of alumni for whom EMSI found a match, was 37.4%. As might be expected, match rates were higher for more recent graduates and decline markedly for alumni who are further from graduation. See Table 1.
Table 1. Match Rates by Degree and Decade of Graduation
|Decade of Graduation||% Match||Total #||% Match||#||% Match||#||% Match||#|
|Overall Match Rate||37.1%||41.0%||20.0%||46.8%|
While EMSI was able to match alumni from every academic college, some colleges had higher match rates than others. Table 2 below illustrates that regardless of degree level, the College of Engineering and the College of Business and Economics had the highest match rates of their alumni whereas the College of Health Sciences and the College of Education had the lowest match rates.
Table 2. Match Rates by Degree and Academic College of the Major
|Bachelor's||Master's||Post-Master's (Ed.S.)||Doctorate||Percent Overall Match|
|Academic College||% Match||#||% Match||#||% Match||#||% Match||#|
|Arts & Sciences||36.7%||22,352||36.9%||1,770||50.0%||30||36.6%|
|Business & Econ||45.5%||16,139||50.6%||2,536||45.9%|
From these match rates we can infer that industries and professions have differing requirements and norms for job seekers. Professions in Health Sciences and Education, for example, may rely less on online profiles and more on necessary certifications. In contrast, alumni seeking careers in highly competitive professions, such as engineering and business, may rely more on networking through online profiles in order to gain a competitive edge over other job seekers. Match rates by degree and specific academic department are provided in Appendix A.
Alumni Career Insights
This dashboard enables users to explore employment outcomes, employers, top skills reported, location, and in-field/out-of-field employment by degree level, department (representing field of study), and 5-year graduation bands.
The path that individuals take into careers can vary tremendously depending on major field of study, years of experience, and occupational standards, licensure, or requirements. The dashboard below enables deeper exploration based on degree level, major field of study, and career outcomes.