In Job-Placement Rates, Fuzzy Data

A lack of standard tracking makes many colleges' claims unreliable

Judy Griesedieck for The Chronicle

Ashley Enke packs to move in with her parents. St. Olaf College, her alma mater, lists her as a research assistant at the Mayo Clinic. But the job was unpaid, then part time. She left it this month.
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Almost all graduates of Ferris State University find jobs, at least according to the statistics the university promotes to attract students.

"Ferris graduates have a 98-percent job placement rate," the university, in Big Rapids, Mich., highlights in...

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