1P12 Discovering How Well Prepared
Students Are for Further Education
Since 1993, Western has surveyed recent graduates concerning their perception of how well their
Western education prepared them for further
education and employment. In 2005, graduates completed a web-based survey.
Those who responded to the web survey gave similar feedback as in previous years: over 80 percent of graduates were employed full-time; 75 percent responded that their employment was
related to their degree; 78 percent rated their
Western education as good or excellent in
preparing them for their career, and 97 percent would recommend Western to others interested
in their major.
Western students perform well locally and
nationally. For example, graduates in the health care professions perform well above state and national counterparts on licensure examinations. The teacher education program ranks high in state performance measures and places teachers in the community and region where they excel as
educators. Section 1R2 gives student results for licensure examinations.
Students continue to be admitted to law and medical schools at rates above the national
average. In the years 2001-2006, 75 percent of
the students who applied for health-related
professional schools were accepted.