Assessment is needed in higher education to provide vide accountability for public funds, to ensure a well-trained work force, and to improve effectiveness of programs. Outcome assessment is a movement in higher education to document students' progress or the outcome after their exposure to college (Erwin, 1991). A popular student outcome assessment method is the graduate follow-up (alumni) survey. This article reports how follow-up studies of graduates and employer surveys have been conducted and used over time to provide data for improvements in the Agricultural Systems Technology Curriculum at Iowa State University. The assessment model employed, the procedures used to collect the data, and examples of outcomes observed will be shared.
follow-up survey, student outcome assessment, procedures, examples