A survey of Thompson Rivers University graduates shows a high level of student satisfaction and relatively low unemployment rate one year out of school.
For 25 years, the B.C. Student Outcomes Project has surveyed former post-secondary students providing a view of their education experiences and transition into the workforce.
In 2012, four provincewide surveys collected information from more than 30,000 former students who left bachelor programs, diploma, associate degree and certificate programs, and apprenticeship programs among others.
"Students are our most-important source of information on our post-secondary system,” said B.C. Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk.
“These survey results will guide us as we work to ensure we're producing graduates who have the knowledge and skills they need to find jobs or advance their education."
The data for TRU shows that about 94 per cent of grads in the baccalaureate, apprenticeship and diploma, associate degree and certificate programs were satisfied with their education.
All three programs also received an assessment of 95 per cent for quality of instruction.
"These results are very encouraging and would be an A+ equivalent in most institutions," said Virk.
Marks dipped slightly in assessing TRU skills development. Former baccalaureate students gave it 86 per cent; former apprenticeship students rated skills development at 81 per cent; and former diploma, associate degree and certificate students gave it 79 per cent.
Unemployment rates varied from program to program, with nearly six per cent of baccalaureate grads out of work; nearly eight per cent of diploma, associate degree and certificate grads not in the labour force; and just over eight per cent of apprenticeship not working.
Of the apprentices who are working, the highest percentile gave a thumbs-up to the usefulness of their acquired skills at 94 per cent.
About 83 per cent of baccalaureate grads found the knowledge they acquired useful.
And 90 per cent of former diploma, associate degree and certificate students were pleased with usefulness of their education.