|Graduates Tracer Study|
A survey on the initial place of employment for graduates of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) has been conducted since 1973. The bi-annual survey coincides with the convocation, which is usually scheduled in March (First Session) and October (Second Session, each year. From 2002 onward, the survey has been changed to Tracer Study on Graduates of UiTM, and the name has been adopted by all public and private institutions of higher learning, in line with the directive from the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister’s Department, and the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).
Objective of the Study
The study primarily aims to determine:
Scope of Study
UiTM’s Tracer Study 2006 covers graduates who completed their studies in November 2005 and April 2006, respectively. The period of study lasted between four and six months, that is, from the time graduates completed their studies until the date of their convocation. Its target respondents comprised graduates from all levels of studies, namely, certificate, diploma, bachelor’s degree, post-graduate diploma, professional, master’s degree and doctor of philosophy.
Methodology of Study
In previous years, data collection administered by UiTM’s Centre for Strategic Planning, would be carried out by having the questionnaire attached to the invitation sent out to graduates to attend the convocation. Graduates were given the choice of returning the completed questionnaire either through the post, during the rehearsal or on the convocation day itself, after each respective session. Overall, feedback from graduates would not attain the 100 per cent mark as not all them, would be attending the convocation.
Starting from 2006, the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) has issued the directive that all institutions of higher learning carry out the study online through the Graduate Tracer Study Information System, developed by the MOHE. It is a web-based application system developed specially to acquire information on graduates, which also comprises a set of interactive questionnaire designed to facilitate feedback on the study online, by graduates. All graduates are required to complete their response to the study through the website: http://graduat.mohe.gov.my, which is open one month prior to the convocation and up to seven days after the end of the convocation ceremony. Valid samples for this study comprise those graduates who are attending the convocation. Graduates who have completed and sent in the print-out of the study’s approval slip will be provided with a blue card as a form of endorsement. Only those who have acquired the blue card will be allowed to obtain their result transcript, to ensure the validity of the samples.