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Graduate Employability: Policy and Performance in Higher Education in the UK

  • Smith, Jeremy
  • McKnight, Abigail
  • Naylor, Robin

The UK government is introducing new sets of indicators designed to measure the performance of universities. A first wave of indicators was published in December 1999. A performance indicator based on graduate employment outcomes will follow. This paper proposes a method for developing employment-related performance indicators based on the analysis of data on the first destinations of a full cohort of leavers from pre-1992 universities in the United Kingdom. We analyse the determinants of graduate first destinations and suggest a method for the construction of university performance indicators. We also discuss limitations of league tables based on university performance indicators.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 110 (2000)
Issue (Month): 464 (June)
Pages: F382-411

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:110:y:2000:i:464:p:f382-411
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