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THE ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY GRADUATE TRACER : An Online Tool for Graduate Tracer Studies

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Graduate tracer studies provide important information that will help educational insti-tutions assess the attainment of its vision, mission and goals. This research project involves the development of a graduate tracer tool using Informa-tion Systems development as the research framework. It is a web application that also allows the users to create custom tracer surveys applicable to their ovn contexts. It also includes the conduct of a graduate tracer study to Information Technology graduates of the Ateneo de Davao University in the recent five (5) years. The research project proposes a stakeholder-based framework in the overall conduct of the graduate tracer initiative, most especially during the Requirements Engineering phase of the development, and to view it as an ongoing process which starts while the students are still within the University and takes advantage of the web and internet technologies. This framework resulted to three specific survey types and target audiences that the tool is designed for: 1. The Graduating Class; 2. The Alumni; and 3. Industry partners. With the iterative systems development as the chosen research framework, feedback gathered from the pre-tests and the prototyping generated relevant contributions to the development of the graduate tracer tool. According to M. Shaw (2003), Software Engineering Research (SER) may be those that (1) involve the implementation of a tool using a technique, or any formalism or (2) seek to implement a solution to a problem in a chosen context and use SE principles in this implementation. This paper is a combination of both and is deemed to have two contibutions: (1) to add to the domain of actual researches conducted that uses Software Engineering as the research method, and (2) the development of the Graduate Tracer Tool that conceptualizes the specifications of the requirements of academic communities for graduate tracer studies. This particular software engineering research result, i.e. the Graduate Tracer Tool, was validated using appropriate empirical methods.
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THE ATENEO
DE
DAVAO UNIVERSITY GRADUATE TRACER
:
An
Online
Tool
for Graduate
Tracer
Studies
by Michelle
Banawan
and
Jose
Mari
Freires
Graduate tracer
studies
provide importan
t
information that will help
educational
insti-
tutions
assess
the attainmen
t
of its vision,
mission
and goals.
This
research
project
in
v
olv
es
the
developmen
t
of a
graduate
tracer tool using Informa-
tion
Systems
developmen
t
as
the
research
framework.
It
is a web application that also
allows
the
users
to
create custom
tracer
surveys applicable
to their ovn contexts.
It
also
includes
the conduct of a
graduate
tracer study to Information
Technology graduates
of
the Ateneo de Davao University in the
r
e
cen
t
fiv
e
(5) years.
The
research
pro
j
e
ct
proposes
a
stakeholder-based
framework in the overall conduct
of the graduate tracer initiative, most
especially
during the
Requirements
Engineering
phase of the development, and to view
it
as
an ongoing
process
which starts while
the
students
are still within the University and
takes advantage
of the web and
in
ternet
technologies.
This
framework resulted
to
three specific survey
t
yp
es
and
target
audiences
that the tool is
designed
for: 1. The Graduating
Class;
2. The Alumni; and 3.
Industry
partners.
With the
iterativ
e
systems
developmen
t
as
the
chosen research
framework,
f
e
edb
ac
k
gathered
from the
pre-tests
and the prototyping
generated
relevan
t
contributions to the
developmen
t
of the graduate tracer
to
ol.
According to M.
Shaw (2003), Software Engineering Research
(SER) may
be those
that
(1)
in
v
olv
e
the implementation of a tool using a technique, or any formalism or
(2)
seek
to
implemen
t
a
s
olu
tion
to a problem in a
chosen
con
t
e
xt
and
use
SE principles
in
this implementation. This paper is a combination of both and is
deemed
to
have
t
w
o
contibutions: (1) to add to the
domain
of actual
researches conducted
that
uses
Software
Engineering
as
the
r
e
searc
h
method, and (2) the
developmen
t
of the Graduate Tracer
Tool that
conceptualizes
the
specifications
of the
requirements
of
academic
communities
for graduate
t
racer
studies.
This particular
software engineering research
result, i.e. the Graduate Tracer Tool,
w
as
validated using appropriate empirical methods.
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