ERIC Number: ED208743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of 1978 and 1979 University of Maryland, College Park, Graduates on Vocational and Attitudinal Variables.
Knight, G. Diane; And Others
A random sample of 542 1979 University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) bachelor's degree recipients was surveyed six months after graduation to determine: (1) general characteristics on educational status, employment status, degree of satisfaction with educational experience and career planning, use of career planning resources, and current career needs; (2) differences between winter 1978 and spring 1979 graduates; (3) differences in current career needs and attitudes toward career planning of users and non-users of Career Development Center (CDC) services; and (4) differences between male and female graduates and among graduates of the seven academic divisions of UMCP. Survey results (79 percent return) indicate that 80 percent of the graduates were employed full or part-time, with 55 percent in positions classified as professional, technical, or managerial. The mean full-time salary was $11,932. Graduates were generally satisfied with their UMCP education, and a majority had used at least one CDC resource. Both CDC users and non-users agreed that career planning services should be available to recent graduates (82 percent). Significant differences were found between male and female graduates, indicating that both tended to enter traditional occupations in settings traditional for their sex. Males represented a greater proportion of graduates from agriculture, life sciences, mathematics, and engineering; females, from arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, human and community resources, undergraduate studies, and allied health. The survey form is appended. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Bachelors Degrees, Career Planning, College Graduates, Comparative Analysis, Employment Opportunities, Females, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Majors (Students), Males, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Salaries, Salary Wage Differentials, Sex Differences, Status, Student Personnel Services
University of Maryland, Office of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Counseling Center, College Park, MD 20742 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
Identifiers: University of Maryland College Park
Note: Partially funded by the Career Development Center, University of Maryland, College Park.