Some of your literature reference a 'fielding year.' What is a fielding year?
Fielding refers to the period of data collection for a market research survey. The fielding year is the 12-month frame from which we designate a 'year' to approximate an academic year based on the intent of the higher education study.
The end date of the fielding year is what is most important. We select an end date in which a majority of MBA programs will have completed the data collection from their students. This allows us to deliver our benchmark reports (Competitive Intelligence Reports) to the largest number of programs in the shortest amount of time after a program's individual survey has concluded.
Reference this article — blog: MBA Student Exit Survey Fielding Year Updated
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Exit - July 1 – June 30
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