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Executive Summary: Every other year the Office of Survey Research (OSR) contacts recently graduated Western students to inquire into their current activities and ask for their retrospective thoughts on their Western experience. In the spring of 2012 we surveyed alumni who completed their undergraduate degrees between summer, 2010 and spring, 2011. This report details the questions asked on that survey and summarizes responses for the university and by college and department. Initially, OSR solicited responses using e-mail contacts. These were initiated in July, 2012. Nonrespondents received two additional requests and then OSR contacted non-respondents by telephone to request their participation. Of the 2,975 students who graduated between summer, 2010 and spring, 2011, OSR received valid responses from 695 students, a response rate of 23.3%. This report contains summaries of questions that deal with satisfaction with Western’s contribution to academic skills, alumni’s current activities, their financial situation including earnings and educational debt, and the contribution of internships and leadership roles towards the alumni’s current situation. In addition, this survey included questions submitted by various departments on campus. We look forward to serving your needs by including your questions in the future. As with any survey, readers should be concerned about sample selection bias; that is bias which arises because survey respondents are not a random selection from the population of survey recipients. While sample selection bias in this survey is mitigated by proper survey techniques and a high response rate, its presence should be considered when evaluating the data. Section A presents basic demographic and academic statistics of the respondents and non-respondents. As found in the general literature on surveys, women were more likely to complete the survey than men (58.1% of respondents were women whereas 57% of alumni are women). Re








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College graduates--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Longitudinal studies

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Western Washington University--Alumni and alumnae--Longitudinal studies; Western Washington University--Alumni and alumnae--Attitudes