This year, Virginia passed a law requiring the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to publish annually on its website data regarding the employment outcomes of graduates from Virginia public and private, non-profit colleges and universities.
While the report provides basic facts about the immediate post-graduation experiences of alumni who remain in the Commonwealth and enter the workforce, and/or enroll in further educational pursuits here, SCHEV strongly cautions reviewers not to use the short-term wage outcomes of recent graduates to measure the quality or long-term effectiveness of any of Virginia's individual institutions.
The report possesses a number of limitations:
Many factors can influence how much an individual graduate earns that go beyond the institution or academic program. These include the mission and nature of the employing organization, local economies, cost of living differences between communities, and goals of the student. In addition, students tend to make highly individual and varied decisions and follow paths that best fit their personal situation at a given time — choices that might not always result in the highest salary. Proximity to family or other obligations can also play a role in the career decisions students make.
For 170 years, Hollins has prided itself on delivering an educational experience that prepares students for active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society throughout their lives. More than ever, Hollins remains committed to the core tenets of an outstanding liberal arts education, one that readies graduates for success in life by:
Some of Hollins' most accomplished and prominent alumnae first went on to graduate school or served in entry-level jobs for several years before finding the opportunity that launched them to new levels of success and compensation.
Hollins encourages those reviewing the SCHEV Wage Outcomes Report to use great care in recognizing what it represents — and what it does not represent. It is inappropriate to make comparisons among colleges based on incomes earned in the early stages of a career and based on salary data that reflects or includes only 36% of graduates.