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students and employers designed to assess the effectiveness and relevance of each
During the 2014-15 academic year, the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology
began capturing alumni satisfaction data during the exit interview process rather
than through end of year surveys mailed to students. This new process resulted in
much higher response rates. Surveys were sent to employers of these student
completers as in previous reporting years. This same collection method was used
For the 2014-15 survey cohort, alumni rated program preparation for employment
"Satisfactory" or above in 97% of the weighted responses. Employers rated student
performance "Satisfactory" or above in 95% of the weighted responses.
There were approximately 6,704 graduates during the 2014-15 academic year
available for job placement. A total of 5,854 graduates were placed in employment
for an overall placement rate of 87%, which is a 1% increase over the previous year.
The results of the alumni and employer surveys will be shared with the Board. A
copy of this report is attached to the official copy of the Minutes as Appendix E.
• A report on private fundraising was presented by Ginger Hausser. Each fall
Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges and universities complete the
Voluntary Support for Education (VSE) report to the Council for Support and
Advancement for Education. The report describes philanthropy results for the
previous year through alumni, corporations, and individual giving for operations
and capital projects. Included in the report for the first time were fundraising efforts
by the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.
was reported that universities raised on average $61.7 million a year. Community
colleges raised between $8 to $10 million a year. Community colleges receive most
of their philanthropy from non-alumni individuals, corporations and foundations.
was noted that in 2016, AT&T partnered with community colleges collectively
to underwrite scholarships. The TCATs have a foundation which receives and
expends contributions. The information provided for the TCATs for this report was
from the TCAT System office and not through the VSE report. Twenty-two of the
27 TCATs participate in the TCAT foundation and annually report the amount
raised and expended by campus. Total amount raised in 2016 was $195,209. A
full copy of the report is attached to the official copy of the Minutes as Appendix