ERIC Number: ED217932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up Study of Former Hearing Impaired Students at Harper College, 1977-1980. Volume XI, No. 17.
Thompson, Tom L.; Lucas, John A.
In March 1981, a follow-up study of hearing-impaired former students was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to gather employment and educational information and to evaluate the educational experience of these students at WRHC. The target population consisted of 117 hearing-impaired students who completed their education at WRHC between 1977 and 1980. Study findings, based on a 61% response rate, included the following: (1) 64% of the former students were employed full time, 13% were enrolled full time at another college, and 18.5% were unemployed; (2) about 37% of the respondents had continued their education at some time after leaving WRHC; (3) some 60% of those working were in skilled, paraprofessional, or professional jobs; (4) over 39% of the former students were in jobs or educational programs related to their major field at WRHC; (5) respondents felt that the college was more successful in helping students to communicate better and get along with people than in teaching specific job skills or knowledge; (6) respondents stated their goals at WRHC were to communicate, gain social confidence, improve their skills, and become better students; and (7) the majority of baccalaureate-oriented students rated WRHC highly in helping them prepare for transfer. The survey report provides detailed data tables and includes students' comments. The survey instrument is appended. (Author/HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.