Registration for the HEDS First Destination Survey is now closed.
2019 HEDS First Destination Survey
The HEDS First Destination Survey asks recent or upcoming graduates about their post-graduation activities. This year, there are two versions of the survey, one designed for undergraduate students and the other for advanced degree students. Advanced degree students include graduates from Master’s and Doctoral programs, professional programs such as dentistry and medicine, and advanced degree certificate programs. Institutions can use the survey’s results to assess employment- and career-related outcomes for their graduates and for reports to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
The First Destination Survey takes less than five minutes to complete and can administered via mobile devices. Both versions of the survey are designed to help institutions achieve a high Knowledge Rate. Institutions that administer to multiple degree populations will receive a discount.
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You can administer the 2019 HEDS First Destination Survey for any 3–6-week period between April 1, 2019 and July 31, 2019 or September 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Administration options include: collecting information at graduation at a time when students are more accessible, post-graduation when graduates have solidified their primary post-graduate activities, or a combination of both to increase response rates.
You must register at least 3 weeks prior to the date on which you plan to begin administering the survey.
For the undergraduate version, you will receive a report with comparative data after each administration of the survey. You will also receive both SPSS and Microsoft Excel files with your participants’ responses after each administration. After the fall administration, you will receive overall SPSS and Excel data files with your combined spring and fall responses.
Because this is the first year we are administering the advanced degree version of this survey, we cannot guarantee having the data to offer a quality comparison, but you will receive a report that summarizes all of your advanced degree graduates’ responses after each administration of the survey. You will also receive a data file with your participants’ responses after each administration, and an overall data file with your combined spring and fall responses. The data files will be sent in both SPSS and Microsoft Excel formats.
YES! Here’s how:
- We insert your institution’s name at the top of each page of the survey and in the text of applicable questions
- You can add supplemental questions at the end of the survey
- You can customize the survey invitations and reminders
The base cost of a single administration to one degree population (either undergraduate or advanced degree) is $500 for institutions in HEDS and $1,900 for institutions not in HEDS.
The base cost of a single administration for each additional degree population (either undergraduate or advanced degree) is $375 for institutions in HEDS and $1,425 for institutions not in HEDS.
There are some custom options for additional fees.
To learn more about becoming a HEDS member, please visit our Join HEDS page.
Sean McLaughlin, Otterbein University
“The HEDS First Destination Survey is an easy way for us to collect outcomes measures for our recent graduates for use within our university, as well as reporting to NACE.”
Susan Canon, St. Olaf College
“We use the HEDS First Destination Survey in both the spring and fall to help get a full picture of what our graduates are doing after graduation. We adjust and add to our graduates’ information starting at graduation and continuing throughout the summer and fall. Our goal is to know the primary activities of at least 90% of our graduates by the end of December.”