ERIC Number: ED205075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Student Outcomes Assessment: A Biracial Analysis. AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
Budig, Jeanne E.; Sallach, David L.
Alumni of Lincoln University, an historically black and currently multiracial institution, were surveyed for their views concerning their college experience and its effects on their subsequent work experience, and responses were compared based on race. Of the 3,500 alumni who were mailed a newsletter containing the questionnaire, 129 responded. The respondents represented a broad cross-section of Lincoln University alumni, and three-fourths were black and slightly over half were female. Information is also presented on year of graduation and major. On the whole, the former students seemed relatively content with their educational choices. the idea of not attending college was lowest on their list of possible changes, and was, in fact, overwhelmingly rejected. Similarly, the educational process was generally acknowledged to have enhanced virtually all skills that the respondent possesses and applies. Respondents reported a general pattern of a somewhat lower skill level than their current employment applies, and this reinforces the idea of a need for greater, or more effective, college exposure. However, discrimination, and employment opportunity, rather than low educational or skill qualifications, appeared to present the major difficulties in first job searches. This general pattern was not dependent upon the respondents' race: the most striking racial pattern is the absence of significant attitudinal differences between black and white alumni. Nevertheless, blacks experienced more job discrimination, and felt that the skill applications were generally more intensive than did their white counterparts. (SW)
Descriptors: Alumni, Black Students, College Graduates, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Employment Experience, Employment Qualifications, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Learning Experience, Outcomes of Education, Race, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Lincoln University MO
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).