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Chancellor lauds President Obama’s college graduates proposal

January 27, 2012

University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen lauded President Obama for proposing Friday that the federal government for the first time track what happens to college students once they graduate.

During an address Friday at the University of Michigan, the president proposed that the government begin collecting earnings and employment information for college graduates so that students can have a better sense of the post-graduation outcomes they can expect.

“We do not want to be in a country that looks to success for only a small group of people,” Obama said. “We want to be a country where everybody has a chance.”

Sorensen said that UW-Stout for decades has collected the type of information that the president called for and publishes it every year in a report available on the university’s website. The document, titled UW-Stout Annual Undergraduate Employment Report, shows that nearly 98 percent of the 2009-10 UW-Stout graduates were employed a year after leaving campus.

The report also shows the salary ranges for each of the undergraduate majors on campus.

“We are extremely proud of the success our students have in the workplace after they graduate,” Sorensen said. “The president should be commended for focusing on how well colleges and universities prepare students for their professional careers. This is an area that often is overlooked by groups when they strive to compare colleges and universities.”

he latest UW-Stout employment report is available at http://www.uwstout.edu/services/careerservices/upload/anrpt.pdf.

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