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Career Outcomes

Career Outcomes four-year average

Undergraduate students at ESU had a 96% career outcomes rate (four-yr average)

The NACE Standards and Protocols use the term “Career Outcomes Rate” to measure “first destination” or “next step plans” for graduates.  The Career Outcomes Rate is calculated by taking the number of graduates who reported any employment category, including service, military or continuing education, then dividing that number by the number of students for whom an outcome is known, minus those graduates identified as not seeking.  In other words, the career outcomes rate excludes students reporting not seeking employment and not seeking education, return to home country or other plans.

In lieu of the term “placement rate,” the NACE standards instead focus on “career outcomes rate.” This is described as the percentage of graduates who fall into the following categories:

  • Employed Full-time
  • Employed Part-time
  • Participating in a program of voluntary or humanitarian service
  • Serving in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Enrolled in a program of continuing education

First Destination Plans



Pursuing continuing education


Seeking employment or graduate school enrollment


First Destination Location

Working in the state of Kansas


Pursuing continuing education in Kansas + KC Metro


Internships + Career Services Utilization

  • 66.00% of graduates reported they completed at least one internship during college
  • 20.62% of graduates who reported completing at least one internship, also reported they completed a paid internship
  • 79.38% of graduates who reported completing at least one internship, also reported they completed an unpaid internship
  • 73.81% of students reported using Career Services at least once during their enrollment at Emporia State

Measurement of data

Career Services administers a First Destination Survey to all students who complete a Bachelor’s degree at Emporia State University. The survey asks students to provide information regarding their plans following graduation. Data collected includes employment status (full-time or part-time), plans for continuing education, military service, humanitarian service, other plans, or if they are still seeking employment.

Knowledge Rate

The Office of Career Services follows the First Destination Standards and Protocols as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). These Standards and Protocols establish the concept of Knowledge Rate. Knowledge rate is defined by NACE as the percentage of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates' post-graduation activities.

NACE sets the goal for institutions to achieve at least a 65% knowledge rate.  Emporia State achieved a knowledge rate of 68% for the 2018-2019 academic year.