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A tracer study on the graduates of Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics (BSAS) was conducted by the Math-Physics-Statistics (MPS) Department of the College of Arts and Sciences in Benguet State University. The Department had produced a total of 90 graduates from 1987 to 2006.
After two decades of existence, the researchers decided to undertake a tracer study to determine the extent of the graduates’ employability.
The study showed that 79% had been employed in various types of jobs but only 76% had jobs that were in line or related to their degree.
On the extent of “match” of BSAS graduates’ academic preparation with their job. This indicates that the match between academic preparation and their job description was moderate.
On the factors and the extent of their contribution to the employability of BSAS graduates, personality, communication skills and academic performance were rated as having a big contribution to their employability. The prestige of being a BSU graduate, the socio-cultural exposure at BSU, and ethnic affiliation had moderate contribution while high school graduated from and political backing were considered as having little contribution to their employability.
Lastly, the respondents considered that big improvement was needed for Library facilities, Physical facilities, Instruction, and BSAS curriculum.