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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published November 21 2010

Higher Education Notebook: NDSU employment survey reflects down economy

An employment survey of recent North Dakota State University graduates released last week reflects the tough job market.

Fifty-four percent of NDSU students who graduated recently are employed.

The survey included 1,431 participants who earned bachelor’s degrees between August 2009 and May 2010.

“It’s taking longer for college graduates to secure employment, and this report reflects employment success within three months of graduation,” Jill Wilkey, director of NDSU’s Career Center, said in a news release.

Other highlights from the report:

The rate of employment for recent grads is slightly higher than it was in NDSU’s 2009 report. That year, 52.6 percent of recent NDSU grads reported being employed.

In the 2008 report, about 76 percent of recent NDSU grads said they had jobs. The figure was about 72 percent in 2007.

“There are predictions of an improved hiring environment for college grads in 2011,” Wilkey said.

The full report will be available www.ndsu.edu/career.

Cobbers study abroad

Concordia College ranks 15th in the nation among colleges that award bachelor’s degrees in the number of students who study abroad.

The 2010 Open Doors report released last week said Concordia had 378 students study abroad in 2008-09, the most recent year with data available.

In last year’s report, Concordia ranked No. 24.

The school in that category with the most students studying abroad was St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., with 680 students.

The rankings, published by the Institute of International Education, are based on a survey of about 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions.

Junior faculty friendly

NDSU is listed among the 32 colleges and universities with the highest job-satisfaction rates among junior faculty.

The survey by Harvard University’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education looked at the experiences of pre-tenure faculty at 127 public and private institutions between 2006 and 2009.

The survey considered aspects such as tenure practices; the nature of faculty work; work and home balance; and climate, culture and collegiality.

NDSU ranked higher than most other universities in having clear policies related to tenure.

Professor reception

There will be a reception on Monday for Russ Colson, the Minnesota State University Moorhead geology professor named U.S. Professor of the Year.

The reception is from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom. A program begins at noon.

Colson was honored Thursday in Washington, D.C., for the national award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

No-texting campaign

An NDSU public relations class will launch a campaign on Monday that aims to inform students about the dangers of texting while driving.

The “Have Bison Pride, Don’t Text and Drive” campaign runs through Dec. 8. During that time, the public relations students will aim to get 3,000 students to sign pledges to not text while driving.

The students also have planned an awareness event at 1 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Century Theater that features law enforcement representatives.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590 or adalrymple@forumcomm.com