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Graduation 2014

Class of 2014 Facts & Figures

Degrees Earned

1,206 Graduates

  • 50 states and 25 countries represented, including Canada, Norway, Japan, Ghana, Australia, Germany and Cypress.
  • 94% have completed a graduate or doctoral degree.
  • The oldest graduate was 75 and completed a Ph.D. in Education.
  • There’s a tie for the youngest – 23 – between a M.B.A. and a M.Ed. graduate.
  • 60% of the Class of 2014 is female; 40% are male.

2014 Alumni Survey Results

NCU Graduate Population: (N = number of alumni surveyed)

School Count

School Count:
1,935 — School of Education (SOE)
2,730 — School of Business & Technology Management (SOBTM)
52 — School of Marriage & Family Sciences (SOMFS)
1,153 — School of Psychology (SOP)

Award Count per Degree:
3,312 — Master's
1,661 — Doctoral
556 — Bachelor's
327 — Certificates

Professional Development

Alumni have, on average…

  • Published 2.83 non-peer reviewed items (N = 151)
  • Published 2.68 peer-reviewed items (N = 148)
  • Presented at 3.41 conferences (N = 306)
  • Attended 3.75 conferences (N = 440)
  • Gained 1.35 new certifications (N = 164)
  • Joined 1.61 professional organizations (N = 206)

Alumni Satisfaction with NCU

  • Alumni rated their satisfaction with “interaction and feedback received from their NCU instructors,” a 4.2 on a 5-point scale. (N = 927)
  • Alumni rated their satisfaction with “the alignment between program content and [their] career objectives,” a 4.4 on a 5-point scale. (N = 927)

SOBTM Alumni Satisfaction

  • Alumni rated their educational experience a 4.18 on a 5 point scale.

SOMFS Alumni Satisfaction

  • I feel that the MFT program at NCU adequately prepared me for a MFT-related position / career. 4.38 on a 5-point scale. (N = 16)
  • I would recommend NCU’s MFT program to a friend of colleague that wanted to pursue a MFT degree. 4.37 on a 5 point scale. (N = 16)

SOE Alumni Satisfaction

  • Alumni rated their educational experience a 4.08 on a 5 point scale. (N = 286)
  • 79% strongly agreed or agreed with the statement “my degree [program was useful in improving the quality of my teaching: directly impacting my students’ achievement.” (N = 286)
  • 83% strongly agreed or agreed with the statement “the courses were engaging and rigorous.” (N = 305)
  • 76% strongly agreed or agreed with the statement “my faculty added value to my learning.” (N = 305)

Employment

  • 91% of alumni are currently employed (N = 927)
    3% are retired, 2% are unemployed by choice, 4% unemployed not by choice
  • 72% of alumni indicated their degree benefitted their career. (N = 924)
  • 79% are working in the field they earned their degree in. (N = 781)
  • 50% of graduates work primarily in Educational Services
    13% work in Public Administration, 11% work in Health Care & Social Assistance,
    7% work in Professional / Scientific / Technical Services
  • 7% of graduates are self-employed. (N = 927)
  • 54% of Master’s degree alumni earn a salary greater than $75,001 five years after graduation. (N = 108)
  • 79% of Doctoral degree alumni earn a salary greater than $75,001 five years after graduation. (N = 164)

Rollout of The Commons Begins

The Commons is a new, social and academic space for NCU Community Members. Located within My.NCU.edu, The Commons allows students, faculty (core and adjunct) plus NCU team members to connect with each other, share and contribute to academic conversations on a variety of topics.

The Commons allows you to:

  • Follow various communities
  • Read what others are doing, thinking and researching
  • Start a conversation on a topic of interest
  • And, meet - virtually - with faculty and students from all the NCU schools

The Commons platform today is a foundation for our vision of what it will become. The Commons is NCU’s space; its growth and success are ours to create. You can think of the platform today as the framing of a new building; as The Commons grows, we will add new rooms and finishes.

As a Professional Learning Community (PLC), The Commons differs from the University’s other social channels (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn). LinkedIn offers the chance to network with your connection’s connections, Facebook let’s friends stay in touch, and Twitter allows users to share exciting news in 140 characters or less (#TheCommons!).

You can think of the platform today as the framing of a new building; as The Commons grows, we will add new rooms and finishes.

The Commons however, was designed to promote discussions of an academic nature amongst the NCU community. While LinkedIn might help you find a job, we hope The Commons will help you find a research partner, a co-author for an academic journal article, or develop new insights through academic discourse.

The rollout of The Commons began on June 23. Students and faculty in the School of Marriage and Family Sciences were the first to have access.