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Students attend an anthropology lecture at UW-Madison. The College of Letters and Science, which includes the Department of Anthropology, reports nearly 90 percent of its recent graduates are either working or continuing their education.

A pair of UW-Madison studies found graduates of the university’s largest college are faring well in the job market, with close to 90 percent of the liberal arts alumni who responded saying they have found full-time work or continued their education.

The surveys looked at two groups of alumni from the UW-Madison College of Letters and Science: one focused on the college’s class of 2012-’13, the other on those who graduated in 2003-’04 and 2005-’06.

The first survey found that 86.8 percent of the more recent graduates were working full time (55.7 percent), attending graduate or professional school (20.7 percent) or doing both (10.4 percent).

That’s a higher rate of alumni employment than is found at public institutions nationwide, UW officials said, citing a National Association of Colleges and Employers report that showed 73.4 percent of graduates were working or in school.

Just more than 7 percent of graduates were working, but not full time, and 5.9 percent were unemployed.

Officials pointed out the national unemployment rate for 22- to 26-year-olds is 7.5 percent.

In the second survey, 89.4 percent of older graduates reported they were employed or in school.

UW-Madison announced the survey results last week.

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The College of Letters and Science is home to a wide range of programs and majors, from history, political science and foreign languages, to biology, chemistry and math.

College officials said the survey results show liberal arts degrees are valuable for alumni as they look for work — a rebuke of critics who have derided majors such as English and philosophy as being the opposite.

“Our liberal arts graduates are highly competitive in the job market,” said Rebekah Pare, an assistant dean who leads the college’s Career Initiative and Career Services efforts.

About 1,400 recent graduates responded to the survey, while about 7,600 of the older alumni responded.

B-Cycle comes to MATC

Madison Area Technical College students have a new way to get to class after bike sharing service B-Cycle opened a new station at the college’s North Side campus earlier this month.

The new station is at 1750 Wright Street and offers eight bicycles.

MATC students, faculty and staff who sign up before the end of 2015 will get a free yearlong membership to the service, which has stations dotting Madison’s Downtown, as well as others on the Near West and South sides.

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