National Professionalism Study

When the Center for Professional Excellence was created, it was decided that an integral part of the Center would be a research component.  Each year, the Center conducts a national professionalism study which identifies the key professionalism components that span across industries and occupations.

Recent survey results were mentioned in numerous media outlets, most notably in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Cincinnati Enquirer, CNBC, Bloomberg, U.S. News, MSN, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and several others.

2014 National Professionalism Survey – Career Development Report 

The 2014 study surveyed career development professionals at colleges and universities nationwide.  The focus of the study is on how higher education is involved in developing professionalism in college students.  The primary researched topics include:   

  • Programs offered to students.
  • Activities and services directed towards the development of professionalism.
  • Structure of the career development office. 

A review of the responding institutions reveals respondents represent a broad spectrum of institutions of higher education.  The representation of private (52.6%) and public (47.4%) institutions is relatively equal.    

A national sample of career development professionals were selected to receive a survey.   A total of 402 individuals completed and returned a survey. 

A sample of this size has a maximum margin of error of +/-4.9 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.  This means if all career development professionals participated in the survey their answers would be within this range of the sample’s answers 95 percent of the time.  

Click here to view the findings from our 2014 National Professionalism Survey.‌ 

2013 National Professionalism Survey – Workplace Report

In 2013, the Center for Professional Excellence conducted a nationwide survey of the persons responsible for hiring new college graduates to assess the state of professionalism in the workplace.  Key findings include:

  • A solid understanding of how professionalism is defined in the workplace…and what qualities employees should embody to demonstrate their professionalism.
  • Misuses of information technology (I.T.) continue to plague the workplace. 
  • Reported increased in the number of observed unfocused employees. 
  • Most frequently ‘deadly interview mistakes’ made by job candidates.

A nationwide random sample of 401 human resource professionals was surveyed. 

The maximum margin of error associated with the sample is +/– 4.9% at the 95% confidence level.  This means the answers that would be obtained from the population of all employment decision-makers would be within this range of the samples’ answers 95% of the time.

Click here to view the 2013 National Professionalism Survey - Workplace Report.‌

2013 National Professionalism Survey – Campus Report

For this 2013 Campus Report, a nationwide sample of faculty in institutions of higher education was surveyed to gain an understanding of their experiences with students exhibiting professionalism.  Institutions represented in the study range from two year community colleges to universities with undergraduate and graduate students.  Key findings include:

  • Faculty mentioned most often that the primary qualities related to professionalism on campus include:  interpersonal skills, a good work ethic, and being focused and attentive. 
  • Nearly 65% of the respondents believe there has been an increase in students’ sense of entitlement on campus. (Note: Entitlement was defined as expecting rewards without putting in the work or effort to merit the rewards.)

The nationwide sample includes a total of 415 faculty from a wide variety of colleges and universities participated in the study.  A sample of this size has a maximum margin of error of +/-4.8% at the 95% level of confidence. 

Click here to view the 2013 National Professionalism Survey - Campus Report.