ERIC Number: ED176823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up Study of FY1978 Occupational Graduates of the Illinois Public Community Colleges.
Lach, Ivan J.; And Others
A survey of all 1978 occupational program graduates of Illinois Community Colleges was conducted during January and February 1979 to determine: (1) graduate employment status, placement rates, and salaries; (2) job location; (3) job satisfaction; (4) graduates' evaluation of community colleges; (5) degree of graduates' success in achieving occupational goals; and (6) impact of community college attendance upon students. Of the surveyed group, 7,773 graduates (52.6%) responded. The study revealed that library services, instruction, and veterans' services were rated highly. Job placement and career counseling services, on the other hand, received the highest percentage of "poor" and "very poor" ratings. Most respondents indicated that a community college education was helpful in the development of communication skills (92.1%), critical thinking (91.7%), personal relations (87.3%), and life goals and values (87.1%). A high proportion of graduates (74.9%) were employed full-time; another 12.7% were in part-time jobs, 4.9% were looking for work, and 7.5% were unavailable for work. Graduates of two-year programs earned a median salary of $890 per month, while graduates of one-year programs earned $694. Most graduates (63%) found work within their community college district. The study report summarized follow-up data by occupational program area and includes the questionnaire. (JP)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Benefits, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Job Placement, Job Satisfaction, Occupational Aspiration, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Salaries, State Surveys, Statistical Data, Student Personnel Services, Surveys, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
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