Each winter quarter, Strayer University surveys its graduates regarding employment and continuing educational activities. Invitations to participate in the 2012 Strayer University Graduate Survey were emailed to 7,925 students who graduated from the University with undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, and certificates between the spring 2010 and summer 2011 terms. Of the total number of graduates who received invitations, 2,000 completed the online survey for a response rate of 25.2 percent.
In addition, some states, such as Tennessee (www.state.tn.us/thec) ("Authorized Institutions" data button) provide specific graduation information for schools licensed in that state.
Employment Information As of winter 2012, 79.9 percent of Strayer University graduates were employed full-time. Another 5.9 percent were employed part-time and 11.7 percent were unemployed.
Of those graduates who were employed at the time of the survey, 11.4 percent said their Strayer University degree helped them to land a new job following graduation while another 32.8 percent indicated their degree lead to a promotion or career advancement. Seventy five percent of employed graduates indicated that they were working in a job closely related or somehow related to their major field of study.
Types of Graduate and Professional Programs in Which Graduates Enroll About 37.5 percent of graduates responding to the 2012 survey said they have taken courses after graduating from Strayer University. Of these graduates, 54.3 percent were seeking a master’s degree while another 22.5 percent were working on bachelor’s degrees. Twenty two percent were pursuing doctorate or professional degrees. Forty-four percent of the respondents indicated that business was their primary field of study while 12.5 percent indicated they were studying computer information systems.
Each year, Strayer University reports its retention rate to the U.S. Department of Education. These rates measure the percentage of first time, degree seeking undergraduate students who returned to Strayer University to continue their studies the following fall quarter. The percentage of students who began their studies in Fall 2012 and returned in Fall 2013, following the Department of Education method, was 35.7 percent for full-time students and 23.5 percent for part-time students. It is important to note that this rate does not capture students seeking Master’s degrees or certificates or diplomas at Strayer University, and that many Strayer students attend for one or more terms, take a term off, then return to their studies. Additionally, about 50 percent of new Strayer students enter the University with transfer credits. These students would not necessarily be reflected in the retention rate calculated following the Department of Education method.
In compliance with the Student Right to Know Act, Strayer University provides the following graduation rate information.
The Student Right to Know Act graduation rate is a specific calculation that includes only the following population: full-time, first-time, undergraduate, degree/certificate seeking students who enroll at Strayer University during a fall quarter or during the summer immediately preceding the fall quarter in which the student enrolls full time. This population is identified each year and followed for up to 6 years to determine the percentage of graduating students. Because the majority of Strayer University’s students are either part-time students or transfer students who have previously attended a higher education institution, this rate represents a very small fraction of the University’s student body.
For the cohort of students entering Fall 2007, the graduation rate was 26 percent. The official Student Right to Know Act graduation rate pools first-time, full-time, degree or certificate seeking students for the four most recent years, for 2004 to the 2007 entering cohorts. The graduation rate for the pooled 2004 to 2007 cohorts was 23 percent. This data is updated by July 1 of each year.
Strayer University does not disaggregate this data by gender, racial and ethnic subgroup or receipt of different categories of financial aid as the resulting number of students in these subgroups is insufficient to provide with confidence and confidentiality.