Relations between graduates’ learning experiences and employment outcomes: a cautionary note for institutional performance indicators

Brown, Jason L. and Hammer, Sara J. and Perera, Harsha N. and McIlveen, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1864-9516 (2021) Relations between graduates’ learning experiences and employment outcomes: a cautionary note for institutional performance indicators. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. ISSN 1873-0388


Abstract

Higher education broadly assumes a conceptual link between generic skills and employability. We accessed a large sample of data collected by the Australian Government to investigate whether the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) subscales Good Teaching (GTS), Graduate Skills (GSS), and Graduate Qualities (GQS) predicted graduates’ employment status, overall course satisfaction, and decisions to take further studies. GTS was found to predict graduates’ overall course satisfaction; however, GSS and GQS scales combined predicted negligible increases in employment outcomes. Our findings highlight the imperative for higher education leaders to critically examine discourse about the link between employability skills
and employment outcomes.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 22 April 2021. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 07 May 2021 05:39
Last Modified: 07 May 2021 05:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: graduate attributes, employability, performance indicators
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160206 Workforce transition and employment
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10775-021-09477-0
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41938

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