ERIC Number: ED161471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Survey: Perceptions of the College of Lake County's G.E.D. Program as Seen by Former Students and Area Personnel Managers.
Mally, Nell; Charuhas, Mary
The College of Lake County conducted surveys in December 1976 to determine if the eight-week course to prepare students for the General Educational Development (GED) test was meeting the needs of the students and the community. Questionnaires soliciting information on age, educational background, satisfaction with the course, and subsequent educational activities were sent to 331 students who had enrolled in the course during 1975; response rate was 26% (85 students). The average student respondent was between the ages of 25 and 34, had completed two years of formal high school, and had taken the class for "personal satisfaction." After having completed the course, he passed the exam, strongly endorsed the program, felt better about himself, and had gone on with some further type of formal college training. Questionnaires were also sent to 100 employers in the community to determine their hiring and promotion practices in relation to high school diploma and GED certificate holders; response rate was 26%. A majority of the employers (or personnel managers) surveyed did not require a high school diploma for employment, did not consider it necessary for promotion, did not accept the GED certificate as a substitute for a traditional diploma, and would give promotions to people with either a diploma or the certificate. The results of the surveys, including student and employer comments, are presented. (MB)
Descriptors: Age, Community Colleges, Dropouts, Educational Background, Educational Certificates, Employer Attitudes, Employment Practices, Employment Qualifications, Equivalency Tests, Followup Studies, High School Equivalency Programs, Institutional Research, Participant Satisfaction, Promotion (Occupational), Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Surveys, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lake County Coll., Grayslake, IL.
Identifiers: General Educational Development Tests