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

Jeremy Smith, Abigail McKnight and Robin Naylor ()

Economic Journal, 2000, vol. 110, issue 464, F382-411

Abstract: 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.

Date: 2000
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