About the research
Monitoring system of professional careers of graduates
Studying the professional fate of university graduates is recognized as a priority in improving the quality of education and adapting the educational offer to the requirements of the modern labour market. The use of administrative data to research educational and professional processes is a proven and successful practice in many European countries among others Scandinavian countries, Spain, Austria, Lithuania and Hungary.
In Poland, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education implements a system for monitoring the professional fate of graduates of higher education institutions. The Polish system is a novel solution in Europe, which is highly appreciated by European researchers. The main source of system information is administrative data from reliable sources - the Social Insurance Institution system and the POL-on system, which is an information system on higher education supporting the work of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Why is the study safe and reliable?
The applied procedures provided in the law governing the monitoring of graduates' fate on the basis of administrative data of ZUS and POL-on guarantee the full anonymity of the subjects covered by the study. There is no personal data in the analysed dataset, and graduates are distinguished on the basis of a random number that does not identify individuals.
Because of the lack of necessity for contact with graduates to conduct the research, monitoring does not violate the privacy of the respondents. Based on the information, reliable indicators of success in the labour market have been constructed to compare the situation of graduates of different majors in different periods of study. This has not been possible in the situation of researching the fate of graduates with the use of opinion surveys.