Graduation and Destination Survey FAQ

The KU School of Business collects and reports employment data annually from our graduating students. This data is used to compute the median and mean salaries for each major so that students and employers can be better informed of the value of a KU degree.

About the survey data

The School of Business uses students’ data in summary form to report to such entities as:

  • Kansas Board of Regents, which provides an interactive online tool reviewing cost and earnings data from real graduates for each undergraduate degree program offered at a public university in the state of Kansas.
  • KU Office of the Chancellor (and other internal university administrators), in an effort to ensure university excellence.
  • KU recruiting partners, who use the data to benchmark their outgoing salaries to ensure their competitive standing in the employment market.
  • Prospective students and their parents/families, who use the data to evaluate future return on investment.
  • National media outlets, such as Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report, who use the data to rank business schools across the nation. This is important to you as a graduate because it helps to determine, in part, how positively or negatively employers will view your degree.

Individual student data is never shared. View how data will be summarized and shared on our Employment and Salary Statistics page.

The Kansas Board of Regents requires each state-supported institution to report graduation statistics, including such information as percentage of students with jobs, average salary, employers, etc.

This information also helps the Business School gauge the effectiveness of its programs and maintain employer relations. Lastly, this information helps incoming students to get a richer picture of what the University of Kansas School of Business has to offer.

Yes. All data points are combined and reported in a summary or aggregate form — no information about a specific student is released without the student’s written consent. Staff members uphold all FERPA (Family Educational Right to Privacy Act) regulations when handling student data.

The information is never shared with other departments, such as the Alumni Center or KU Endowment for the purpose of solicitation. In other words, you will never be asked for donations as a result of participating in the post-graduation destination survey.

Although students are not required to submit their information, cooperation with graduation reporting allows the School of Business to gauge the effectiveness of its programs and make improvements if necessary.

Completing the survey also allows for a smooth check-in at School of Business Graduation Recognition Ceremonies. The BCS office will continue to follow up by phone and email with individuals who have not submitted post-graduation destination plans.

Yes. The School of Business may follow-up, by phone or email, with students at 3 and 6 months post-graduation. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation with this process.

Business Career Services will continue to offer support to Business School alumni, including a complimentary extension of your account.

Contact the BCS office to learn more about services for alumni. You can also join one of the KU LinkedIn groups listed on our webpage about networking to stay connected.