Ouachita Baptist

Ouachita Baptist University has released job placement rates for 2019 graduates.

ARKADELPHIA -- Ouachita Baptist University has reported that 99 percent of its 2019 graduate are currently employed or furthering their education.

The number also exceeds the most recent national average of 93 percent for colleges and universities.

"This outstanding statistic is reflective of many years of hard work by our students and the faculty and staff who prepare them for the next step after Ouachita," said Dr. Ben Sells, Ouachita president.

This is the second consecutive year Ouachita's student career outcomes rate has exceeded the national average reported by the National Association for Continuing Education (NACE). Last year, Ouachita's 99 percent placement rate surpassed the national average by 15 percent.

The "career outcomes rate" - often called a placement rate - is the percentage of graduates who are working full or part-time or attending graduate school within six months of graduation.

"I am extremely proud of our graduates and will continue to strengthen key partnerships with employers who are eager to hire our students because they demonstrate high levels of performance and strong principles," said Rachel Roberts, Ouachita's director of career and calling.

Ouachita's student career outcomes rate is based on its First Destination Survey, which follows the standard established in the annual data collection by NACE each year.

Of the 330 Ouachita graduates who were contacted, 83 percent completed the survey compared to a national knowledge rate of 75 percent. Nearly a third of Ouachita's most recent class of graduates, 30.9 percent, are attending graduate or professional school.

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