The new degrees recently awarded from Limestone University will almost certainly mean successful career outcomes – in a short amount of time – for the recent graduates.
Limestone held its Spring 2022 commencement on Saturday, May 7, and using recent data reported for the University as an indicator, most all of the new graduates will gain employment in their chosen fields of study or will continue to advance their education.
A survey of 421 Limestone graduates representing 49 majors during the 2020-2021 academic year revealed an overall career outcome rate of 93.6 percent within six months of receiving their degrees. Of those fields of study represented, 28 had career outcome rates of 100 percent.
In accordance with standards set by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the University submitted data collected through online and telephone surveys, social media, and faculty/staff reports. The National Student Clearinghouse database was also utilized to identify students continuing their education. Students graduating in September 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 are included in this report. The information was then verified for each graduate to ensure accuracy.
The data was reported from Limestone’s undergraduate and graduate programs. At the baccalaureate level, while the career outcome average in the Southeast was 61.8 according to the NACE, Limestone’s career outcome rate came in drastically higher at 92.7 percent. Limestone also significantly outpaced its competition in the percent of students who continue their education, according to the report.
“Limestone is delivering on the promise our students received when they first enrolled – and that’s to make them successful after graduation,” said Limestone President Dr. Darrell Parker. “We’re proud of the fact that nearly 94 percent of our overall graduates during this time period launched their careers or continued their education within six months of graduation. What makes that particularly extraordinary is the fact that it happened in the midst of a pandemic.
“This survey further recognizes that Limestone University provides its graduates with the life skills that they need to be successful right away,” he added. “Our students are in demand from employers across the nation.”
The career outcomes rate is defined as the percentage of the graduating classes for whom an outcome is known who have accepted employment, been accepted to graduate or professional school, engaged in formal or military service, or were considering multiple offers of employment at the time of survey collection.
“These results are a testament to Limestone’s academic quality and to the dedication of our students, professors, student success coaches, and our career and professional development team,” Parker noted. “Employers are aware that Limestone prepares its students for the workforce in a variety of chosen fields.”