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An evaluation of performance indicators based upon the first destination of university graduates

Taylor, Jim and Johnes, Jill (1989) An evaluation of performance indicators based upon the first destination of university graduates. Studies in Higher Education, 14 (2). pp. 201-217. ISSN 0307-5079

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Abstract

This paper evaluates various performance indicators based upon the First Destination Record. These indicators purport to measure the success or otherwise of graduates in different degree subjects in obtaining a satisfactory first destination after their graduation. It is important to evaluate these indicators of the graduate labour market since they are used by potential entrants into higher education and by those charged with controlling resource allocation in this sector. The present study draws upon information obtained from the National Survey of 1980 Graduates and Diplomates, which describes the experience of graduates during their first six years after graduation. First destinations are compared with salary levels and unemployment rates six years later. The main conclusion is that information obtained from the First Destination Record provides an accurate guide to the future career prospects of graduates only when highly aggregated statistics are used. The First Destination Record does not provide accurate predictions of the future career prospects of graduates at the individual subject level.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Higher Education
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
ID Code: 51296
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Nov 2011 14:54
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:51
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51296

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