2008 Cohen Grant Research
Mapping the Career Paths of
American Humanics Graduates
Researchers:
Teresa Van Horn
and Heather...
Purpose of Study
    Examine the experiences and career tracks


    of students who have graduated with
    certificates...
Methodology

    Mixed Methodology


        Quantitative
    

        Qualitative
    



        Measuring
    
   ...
First Phase

    Focus group of American Humanics


    Alumni

    Compiling the survey questions on


    SurveyMonkey...
Second Phase
    Pre-tested the survey with Alumni from


    Cal State Fresno


    Revised the survey questions




  ...
Sample: Pre-1995 Programs
University                        % of Total Responses
    Arizona State University             ...
Key questions
    Where are AH grads going to work?




    What are alumni attitudes about AH


    certificate?


    ...
Findings



•Demographics
•Profession
•AH Certificate



                  8
Knowledge of Nonprofit Jobs


The majority of respondents (59%)
  had “no” or “very little” knowledge
  of career opportun...
Demographics
    69% joined AH in their Junior or


    Senior Year

    Respondents graduated within the last


    10 ...
Career Progression
200



150



100



 50



  0
         Nonprofit    For Profit      Govt. Third Job Other
         Firs...
Do AH Grads Return to the Sector?




            1ST JOB    1ST JOB
               GVT    For Profit
             48.6%  ...
Income
The majority of those respondents that started
their careers in both the nonprofit and for-profit
report their curr...
Job Tenure




    The majority of respondents stay on


    average 2 years in their jobs
    regardless of sector.




...
0
                                     75.0
                                    150.0
                Arts and Culture


 ...
0
                        15
                             30
                                  45
                        ...
Volunteering

85% volunteer



     1st Job    1st Job    1st Job
    Nonprofit    GVT      For Profit

      85.0%     80...
Board Service

25% serve on a board



     1st Job       1st Job    1st Job
    Nonprofit       GVT      For Profit

    ...
Attitudes about AH Certificate

Score of 5 is most                           1st Job     1st Job   1st Job
positive       ...
Attitudes about AH Certificate
Score of 5 is most                             1st Job     1st Job   1st Job
positive ratin...
Attitudes about AH Certificate
       % that would recommend AH to entering Freshman
                          1st Job    ...
Limitations
    Data is limited to those that responded to


    the survey


    Contact information that was not curren...
Next steps


Offer survey to all American Humanics
 programs for use

Present data to individual Campus
  Directors to use...
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Ah Alumni Presentation Arnova

  1. 1. 2008 Cohen Grant Research Mapping the Career Paths of American Humanics Graduates Researchers: Teresa Van Horn and Heather Carpenter 1
  2. 2. Purpose of Study Examine the experiences and career tracks  of students who have graduated with certificates in American Humanics from American Humanics affiliated universities that were established and active from 1948 to 1995. 2 2
  3. 3. Methodology Mixed Methodology  Quantitative  Qualitative  Measuring  Alumni Satisfaction   Career Paths taken 3
  4. 4. First Phase Focus group of American Humanics  Alumni Compiling the survey questions on  SurveyMonkey 4
  5. 5. Second Phase Pre-tested the survey with Alumni from  Cal State Fresno Revised the survey questions  Distributed the survey via email with a link  to SurveyMonkey Sent postcards to those without email 5
  6. 6. Sample: Pre-1995 Programs University % of Total Responses Arizona State University 16% • High Point University 1% • Lindenwood University 6% • Missouri Valley College 5% • Murray State University 12% • Pepperdine University 6% • Rockhurst University 11% • University of Houston 20% • University of Northern Iowa 11% • University of San Diego 14% • Oldest respondents were from the class of 1957 (2) Majority (82%) graduated after 1995 *Valid percents 6
  7. 7. Key questions Where are AH grads going to work?  What are alumni attitudes about AH  certificate? Are the differences between AH graduate  responses depend on which sector they choose for their first job or careers? 7
  8. 8. Findings •Demographics •Profession •AH Certificate 8
  9. 9. Knowledge of Nonprofit Jobs The majority of respondents (59%) had “no” or “very little” knowledge of career opportunities in the nonprofit sector prior to joining American Humanics. 9
  10. 10. Demographics 69% joined AH in their Junior or  Senior Year Respondents graduated within the last  10 years 78% are employed full-time  10 10
  11. 11. Career Progression 200 150 100 50 0 Nonprofit For Profit Govt. Third Job Other First Job Second Job 10
  12. 12. Do AH Grads Return to the Sector? 1ST JOB 1ST JOB GVT For Profit 48.6% 34.1% YES 51.4% 65.9% NO 12
  13. 13. Income The majority of those respondents that started their careers in both the nonprofit and for-profit report their current income range as $40,000-$49,000 The majority who began in the government sector report a current income range of: $30,000-$39,000 20
  14. 14. Job Tenure The majority of respondents stay on  average 2 years in their jobs regardless of sector. 21
  15. 15. 0 75.0 150.0 Arts and Culture Education Environment/Animals Foundations/Grantmaking Health and Human Services International Sub-sector career tracks Public Societal Benefit Religion Housing/Civil Rights 13
  16. 16. 0 15 30 45 60 Executive Mgmt Fundraising Finance HR Marketing Program Mgmt I.T. Volunteer Mgmt Admin Operations Positions Held Within the Sector Other 14
  17. 17. Volunteering 85% volunteer 1st Job 1st Job 1st Job Nonprofit GVT For Profit 85.0% 80.6% 88.6% 15
  18. 18. Board Service 25% serve on a board 1st Job 1st Job 1st Job Nonprofit GVT For Profit 31.4% 16.7% 18.6% 16
  19. 19. Attitudes about AH Certificate Score of 5 is most 1st Job 1st Job 1st Job positive Nonprofit GVT For Profit Gave me the knowledge to be a successful 4.32 3.95 4.07 professional Led me to a career in the nonprofit sector 4.09 3.03 3.03 Helped me secure an entry level 3.48 2.94 2.81 administrative job after graduation Helped me secure a middle or upper 3.05 2.50 2.56 management job after graduation Prepared me to step into a leadership role 4.02 3.95 4.05 Gave me an edge in getting a better 3.41 3.26 3.14 paying job after graduation 17
  20. 20. Attitudes about AH Certificate Score of 5 is most 1st Job 1st Job 1st Job positive rating Nonprofit GVT For Profit The AH Placement Program at AHMI was valuable in helping me to secure my 2.69 2.25 2.17 first job The AH National Office Internship was valuable to my seeking my first job in 2.62 2.43 2.18 the nonprofit sector Participating in AH co-curricular activities helped me to better perform my work 3.96 3.45 3.74 in my first job My employer was aware of the AH 3.69 3.03 2.49 certification program The AH certificate was valuable in getting 3.80 2.82 2.26 my first job after graduation My employer recognized an added value to having an employee who had been 3.70 2.43 2.53 certified through the AH program 18
  21. 21. Attitudes about AH Certificate % that would recommend AH to entering Freshman 1st Job 1st 1st Job Nonprofit Job GVT For Profit 61.3% 41.7% 45.5% Strongly recommend 31.7% 55.6% 40.0% Recommend 93.0% 97.2% 85.5% Total Overall response 96% 19
  22. 22. Limitations Data is limited to those that responded to  the survey Contact information that was not current  Lack of cooperation from some Campus  Directors and/or Alumni Offices More response from newer alumni than  older 22
  23. 23. Next steps Offer survey to all American Humanics programs for use Present data to individual Campus Directors to use with their program assessments Reconcile the common core questions between surveys to create a national database 23
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