SDBOR Graduate Placement Dashboard
What becomes of students who complete degrees from the South Dakota university system? Examining the placement outcomes of regental degree completers is vital for understanding the university system’s contribution to the state’s human capital.
Each year, SDBOR conducts an analysis of the placements of its graduates one year after graduation. Data for this project come from three main sources: the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR), the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (SDDLR), and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). In the initial step of the placement search, SDDLR employment data systems are queried to determine the first-year job placement outcomes of all degree majors (in a given cohort) identified by SDBOR. Next, the same student list is submitted to the NSC to gather information on students enrolled in collegiate coursework after graduation.
It is important to note that the “placement rates” cited here do not account for degree completers who are hired out-of-state, are self-employed, are employed by the federal government (including armed services), or are employed or enrolled outside the three-month query window used by SDDLR and NSC. It also should be noted that some postsecondary institutions do not report enrollment information to NSC. The rates presented in this analysis are, then, conservative estimates of actual completer placement. Finally, for some majors, meaningful placement outcomes cannot be determined only one year after graduation; such is the case with MD graduates, who typically must complete a multi-year residency requirement (which often involves working for modest pay at an out-of-state facility) after graduation.
The dashboard below provides a comprehensive look at public university system’s in-state graduate placement outcomes over the last five years. Data views can be customized using any combination of available filters and parameter controls.
Notable findings include:
- Over the last five years, more than 18,000 university system degree completers have chosen to stay in South Dakota to work or pursue further education.
- Graduates entering the South Dakota workforce earned an estimated median wage of more than $40,000 during the first year after graduation.
- The “health care and social assistance” and “educational services” industries have been leading employers of regental graduates over this period.
Source: Regents Information Systems, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, National Student Clearinghouse
- Wage data presented in this dashboard have been annualized (multiplied by four) from quarterly earnings data from DLR, and reflect cumulative earnings from all jobs held during the queried quarter. Wage data are reported for those graduates whose annualized earnings are indicative of full-time employment (i.e., working 35 hours per week at the federal minimum wage rate) and are not still enrolled in a postsecondary institution. To protect anonymity, wage data are suppressed for groups with fewer than ten completers with a wage record.
- Wage data have been adjusted for inflation, and are stated in current dollars
- Although out-of-state enrollment locations are summarized in the dashboard, these students are not included in tabulations of in-state placement. In enrollment location tabulations, in-state enrollments are prioritized over out-of-state enrollments, otherwise, first chronological records are shown.
- Data are reported at the degree major level, meaning that each student is counted once for every completed major.
For more information, please see the latest SDBOR graduate placement narrative report, available HERE.