ERIC Number: ED184625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-9
Reference Count: 0
Integrating Student Follow-Up into the Institutional Planning Process: A Case Study.
Bers, John A.
A student follow-up system was designed and implemented at Gadsden State Junior College (GSJC) in Alabama which revealed several administrative problems in integrating student follow-up into the institutional planning process. Development of the system involved tailoring existing pre-packaged follow-up methodologies to meet GSJC's individual needs and included six steps: (1) identifying goals and associated performance indicators that could be measured using questionnaires; (2) developing and testing three questionnaires designed to gather information from current students (at the completion of each quarter), students who have been out of college for one year, and employers of former students; (3) operationally defining the sample populations appropriate to each questionnaire; (4) conducting the survey of current students in class and of employers and former students by mail; (5) computer analysis of the data; and (6) reporting the results to administrative personnel. Interim study results revealed four major problems--low response rate, inappropriateness of goals and performance indicators to non-traditional students, lack of commitment on the part of college personnel, and the resultant small impact of the project on institutional planning. The report concludes with a list of recommendations for follow-up study implementation, and is appended by survey instruments and study data. (JP)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Adoption (Ideas), College Administration, College Planning, Community Colleges, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Employer Attitudes, Faculty College Relationship, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Institutional Research, Long Range Planning, Questionnaires, Research Design, Research Directors, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Problems, Research Utilization, Sampling, School Surveys, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Gadsden State Junior College AL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980). Appendices 5, 6, and 7 may not reproduce well. Appendices 11, 17, and 18 were removed due to irreproducibility