ERIC Number: ED205120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
The Evaluation of the College Graduate--Logic, Method and Findings. AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
Nelson, Kim; Lewis, John
The extent to which graduates of Winona State University (WSU) Minnesota, attained their goals after college graduation was investigated, based on a survey mailed to all WSU graduates. Returns were obtained for 4,660 graduates, representing 33 percent of the total group. Survey results suggest the following conclusions: the vast majority of reporting graduates were employed in occupations classified as professional or technical/managerial; the reported incomes were low, probably a consequence of the large percentage of WSU graduates employed as teachers; attaining an advanced degree was reported for 19 percent of the graduates; most graduates voted, but did not become involved in most other political activities; the typical WSU graduate participated in three or four community activities and two or three intellectual or cultural activities; and in terms of social mobility, most graduates were first generation college graduates and most expected their children to complete at least an undergraduate education. Obtaining a master's degree (14 percent) was the most frequently reported advanced degree for WSU graduates. Another two percent reported earning an academic doctorate, and 1 percent earned a professional degree such as law, medicine, dentistry, or ministry. Additionally, two percent achieved an advanced certification without a degree such as certification to teach children with special learning disabilities. The most often reported community activities were church, professional groups and organizations, and PTA/school board. Other activities were reading nonfiction, listening to radio/TV concerts, attending plays or concerts, and visiting museums or galleries. Comparisons to studies at other universities are made. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Winona State University MN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).