ERIC Number: ED169958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Illinois Public Community Colleges Statewide Occupational Student Follow-Up Study: Final Report of a Three Year Longitudinal Study of Fall 1974 New Students Enrolled in Occupational Programs.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
A four-year longitudinal study was initiated during fall 1974 of a study sample consisting of all first-time freshmen (N=27,663) in occupational/career programs in 47 Illinois community colleges. Survey results indicated that only 56% of all students enrolled with the intent of preparation for employment in the career area of the program. Many enrolled with short duration objectives that could be met by completing a few courses. Enrollment patterns indicated that 63% of those students who enrolled as full-time students in fall 1974 were still enrolled during fall 1975; continuation rate for part-time students was 46%. Many students did not continue because they had completed their objectives, others withdrew temporarily because of other responsibilities. Of graduates, 84% were employed either full- or part-time. Of all former students, 16% were continuing their education. When asked how they found their present job, 55% reported finding it on their own, 19% continued in a prior job, 11% were assisted by college personnel, and 1.9% successfully used the college placement office. Former students with two to three years of community college education had a median monthly salary which was $216 higher than those with one year or less of college. Approximately 82% of graduates were either "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their present job. Data tables outline the results. (MB)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Trends, Graduate Surveys, Job Placement, Job Satisfaction, Job Search Methods, Longitudinal Studies, Occupational Mobility, Participant Satisfaction, Salaries, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
Identifiers: Illinois; Student Objectives
Note: Appendix A has been deleted due to irreproducibility of original document