June 26, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 26, 2012 — More than 99 percent of 2011 graduates from Drury University’s traditional Day School, who responded to a university survey, are employed or furthering their education, according to an annual study conducted by Drury’s Office of Career Planning and Development.
The study measures the status of traditional undergraduates six months after graduation who received bachelor’s degrees in December 2010, May 2011 and August 2011. Drury received information on 235 out of a possible 312 graduates for a response rate of more than 75 percent. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average national response rate for the Class of 2010 was just 60.8 percent.
In the latest Drury survey, 233 respondents were found to be either working, in graduate school or working while in graduate school for a placement rate of 99.15 percent.
“These numbers help to answer the question, ‘Is college worth it?’” said Jill Wiggins, director of Career Planning and Development at Drury. “When the unemployment rate for people with an undergraduate degree is half of the national average, the answer clearly is, yes, college is worth it.”
Over the past nine years, Drury’s placement rate, for those who responded to the survey, has averaged 97.3 percent, and the response rate to the annual survey has averaged 71.6 percent.
Drury students furthering their education in graduate or professional schools are attending 40 different institutions, including: the St. Louis University School of Medicine, New York University, Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Two success stories from the Drury class of 2011:
Josh Loya graduated from Drury in May 2011, and he has been working at Intuitive Web Solutions in Springfield since September of 2011. Loya thought about graduate school, but decided to wait, and used skills he learned in interviewing and resumé writing to land the first job for which he applied. “I definitely think that helped. I did practice interviews, went over my resumé with Career Planning and Development, and I took a class on career and life planning my senior year. So I was able to have a good interview and get the job,” Loya said.
Danielle McCallum graduated with a bachelor’s in advertising and public relations in May 2011, and she immediately began Drury’s one-year Master of Arts in Communication program while working full-time in Drury’s financial aid department. Before she finished graduate school in May 2012, Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield hired McCallum to be the media and accounting coordinator, “I believe college is worth the cost. Although I had to take out student loans to make it this far, the debt I incurred was manageable and led me to a great new job.”
Media Contact: Jill Wiggins, MBA, SPHR, Director of Career Planning and Development, Office: (417) 873-7284, E-mail: email@example.com