ERIC Number: ED224538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up of 1980 Graduates. Research Report Number 25.
Nespoli, Lawrence A.; Radcliffe, Susan K.
In spring 1981, a survey was conducted to gather descriptive and evaluative data from the 1980 graduates of Howard Community College (HCC). Questionnaires were mailed to all 231 graduates soliciting demographic data and information on current activities, reasons for attending HCC, goal achievement, satisfaction with instruction and the college in general, and transfer and employment experiences. Survey findings, based on a 77% response rate and on comparisons with statewide data, include the following: (1) the average age of the HCC graduates was 31.4 years, while the statewide average was 27.9 years; (2) the HCC graduating class contained proportionately more females than the state norm (68.2% vs. 59.3%); (3) 79.1% of the graduates were employed and 36.2% were attending school; (4) 83% of the HCC graduates working full-time and 90% of the graduates who had transferred remained in a field related to their HCC major; (5) 93.5% of the transfer graduates were satisfied or extremely satisfied with their HCC program; 25% reported an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better; and almost 90% indicated success in transferring all but one to six of their college credits; (6) 95% of the graduates employed full-time were satisfied with their HCC preparation; and (7) 91% of the HCC graduates reported that they had achieved their primary educational goal by the time they graduated. The survey instrument and student comments are appended. (AYC)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, State Norms, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD. Office of Research and Planning.