May 2016 surveying of 2010-2011 Wake Forest undergraduate degree recipients found high levels of satisfaction with their experiences at WFU, strong sense of connection to WFU community and faculty, and nearly all alumni are either employed full-time or enrolled full-time in graduate school. Though respondents also indicated, while they were at WFU, having lower levels of civic and multicultural engagement.

The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) is a consortium of private colleges and universities that collaboratively share, analyze, and use data to advance their institutional missions. The HEDS Alumni Survey asks alumni about the quality and impact of their undergraduate educational experiences, including co-curricular activities such as internships, study abroad, and community service. The survey also asks alumni to evaluate the impact of their undergraduate education on their postgraduate critical thinking, problem solving, and other learning outcomes. Finally, the survey asks about postgraduate employment, college satisfaction, and college debt.

The HEDS Alumni Survey was distributed in May, 2016 to 835 undergraduate degree recipients from the 2010-2011 academic year, of whom 163 submitted responses (20% response rate). A greater percentage of survey respondents who indicated race reported being white (90%) than earned their bachelor’s degree in 2010-2011 (84%). Of those respondents who indicated gender, 65% selected female compared to 52% female in the graduating cohort. However, analysis of responses by gender was not conducted due to 20% of the survey respondents not indicating gender.  Analysis of the major of the respondents showed no meaningful differences when compared to the entire class of 2010-2011.

Overall Results and Summarized Patterns

Among all the respondents:

Respondents expressed through written comments that their experience at WFU prepared them for continued learning in aspects of working certification, language learning and other further studies. However, several respondents wished WFU provided students with more working and financing skills, and created an environment with more diversity.

WFU Only – 2010-2011 Graduates Compared to 2007-2008 Graduates

Items of Positive Movement at WFU (2010-2011 Graduates vs 2007-2008 Graduates)

Items of Negative Movement at WFU (2010-2011 Graduates vs 2007-2008 Graduates)

WFU Only – 2010-2011 Graduates Result Grouped in Race

Items in which nonwhite and white respondents differed:

WFU Compares Favorably to Other Institutions on Individual Items

Compared to the 37 other participating institutions, WFU alumni more frequently indicated participation in activities outside of the class. However, fewer WFU alumni indicated interactions with students differing from themselves, having had a close relationship with faculty, and being employed.

Items in which WFU reached significantly higher proportion:

Items in which WFU reached significantly lower proportion: