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Uplevel your outcomes data with Handshake

Discover how three esteemed career center partners from Towson University, Grand Valley State University, and Georgia Southern University effectively doubled their First Destination Survey (FDS) knowledge rate and revolutionized their approach to capturing data via Handshake.

Key benefits of using Handshake FDS

  • Real-time access to data: Say goodbye to long waits post-survey closure. With Handshake, access to data is immediate—enabling quicker support to students still seeking employment.
  • Rich data insights: Uncover the nuances of student outcomes across demographic groups and different career-related programming, empowering your team to tailor support strategies effectively.
  • Save time and bandwidth: Thanks to smoother workflows and automated email setups, your team can reallocate precious time spent on outcomes collection to student engagement, programming, and support.

Top tips from the webinar

  • Address "in progress" responses: Identify potential barriers to survey completion—like reluctance to provide salary data—and consider optional questions or enhanced explanations to encourage participation.
  • Apply institutional data labels: Go beyond automated reminders by categorizing students based on FDS groupings to further target your follow-up efforts.
  • Leverage your full team: Increase email or campaign engagement rates by diversifying the sender to include colleagues like career coaches, faculty, or campus mascots.
  • Fill in the gaps: Implement proactive outreach efforts like phone drives and LinkedIn searches to gain remaining outcomes data towards the end of the six-month cycle.
  • Share insights with stakeholders: Strengthen collaboration by sharing FDS data with key stakeholders on campus and showing the impact of collective efforts in supporting student success.
  • Augment FDS data with external sources: Supplement FDS data with additional sources such as live alumni data, National Student Clearinghouse, and employer hiring data for a more comprehensive analysis.

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