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Employment rate,salaries increasefor class of 2010
A recent 2010 graduate survey shows the employment rate andstarting salaries for Mercyhurst Col-lege graduates increased between2009 and 2010. According to a March 14 Mercy-hurst press release announcing thesurvey results from the college’sCareer Development Center, “95percent of Mercyhurst Collegegraduates from the Class of 2010are currently employed or continu-ing their education, compared to 87percent from the Class of 2009.” According to Executive Direc-tor of Experiential Learning KyleFoust, Ph.D., “1,117 were surveyed,and 33 percent responded.” To perform the survey, “we orig-inally sent out emails,” Foust said.However, due to the “migrationto the Lakers.edu (email system), it was not as fruitful as we had hopedit would have been, so we ended upusing phone calls and online sur- veys,” he said.Prior to this, emails were usu-ally an effective way to conduct thesurvey.Fifty percent of studentsresponded to the survey last year,compared to 33 percent whoresponded this year. The job placement rate for “thisyear was 95 percent compared to 87last year,” Foust said. The ﬁgures show “more peopleare employed in full-time jobsrelated to their major, and the start-ing salaries for the class of 2010are higher than the class of 2009,”Foust said. When asked if the job market isreally that much better, Foust saidthat “the ﬁgures from our graduatesurveys show it is, but I think thereis still a lot of concern out thereabout the job market.”Even so, there is hope for the jobmarket.“We’re starting to see thatemployers are becoming more com-fortable hiring people,” he said.
By Mike Gallagher
Overview of the survey datafrom the 2010 Graduate Survey
In general, Mercyhurst graduates feel satisﬁed that
their Mercyhurst education prepares them for their cur-rent position, whether they are employed or continuingtheir education.
Of those graduates who are employed, 59 percentare placed in full-time jobs related to their major; anincrease of seven percent over last year.
Eight percent of the 2008 graduates who areemployed felt Mercyhurst did not prepare them for theircurrent job, a drop of 4 points from the class of 2009.
Twenty percent of those graduates who completedan internship while at Mercyhurst currently work for thecompany who hosted their internship.
Seventy-nine percent of all graduates are either verysatisﬁed or satisﬁed with their post-graduation status;an increase of 16 percent from 2009.
Those who did an internship received double thenumber of job offers than those who did not complete aninternship.
Faculty has gender disparities
The Women and Leadership Task Force found that there is a“perception of gender inequality atthe college,” along with “concretedisparities,” Alice Edwards, Ph.D.and chair of the task force, said.President Thomas Gamble,Ph.D., along with nine membersof the Mercyhurst College com-munity, created the task force inMarch 2010, to focus on womenand leadership in the faculty andadministration.In the key ﬁndings, the task force stated that there is a deﬁniteinequality in the number of maleand female deans, representationin upper administration, full andtenured professors, and number of sabbaticals granted. These were found by a survey of male and female professors, 91of whom completed more than 75percent of the questions. The task force results were pre-sented Tuesday.“Although we did not ﬁnd any intentional examples of discrimina-tion, what we did ﬁnd is that thereis a perception of gender inequality,”meaning that men generally havemore opportunities,” Edwards said.Some of the bigger issues creat-ing this perception are that femalesmake up only 16 of 54 tenured pro-fessors and three of 17 full profes-sors. The task force is now looking intothese ﬁgures, and Edwards believesthat “given the trends in higher edu-cation with women attaining morebachelor’s degrees than men, Mer-cyhurst has to pay attention to thisso that this aspect of diversity isrepresented at the college.” This is important because Mer-cyhurst is a college founded by women for women, with 59 percentof students being female.“If we can pay attention to women,” Edwards said. “Maybe wecan pay attention to other under-represented groups on campus.” According to the Executive Sum-mary the task force provided, rec-ommendations include: increasedrepresentation of women among theupper administration, more hiring and retention of female faculty andadministrators, identiﬁcation andrecruitment of female candidatesfor membership on the Board of Trustees, including an obligation toseek out talented women, creationof a mentoring program for womenat the associate professor rank, andmost importantly, continuation of the task force for at least anotheryear.Professor Alice Edwards, Ph.D.; Assistant Professors Jodi Staniunas-Hopper and Melissa Surawski, Ph.D.; Associate Professors Candee Cham-bers, Ph.D., and Roger Grifﬁths,Ph.D.; Administrators Darci Jones,Michele Wheaton, Merry Shultz, J.D., and Judi Smith, Ph.D.; and Trustee Mary Ellen Dahlkempermake up the task force.
By Alaina Rydzewski