ERIC Number: ED231446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up Study of 1980-81 Graduates and Non-Graduates. Report No. 82-2.
Beavers, Jerry L.
In spring 1982, a follow-up study was conducted at Wytheville Community College (WCC) to determine the current activities of students enrolled during fall 1979 who did not graduate; the employment status of occupational technical graduates; the progress of transfer students enrolled at four-year institutions; and the opinions of both graduates and non-graduates. The study involved surveys of 273 non-graduates, 235 occupational-technical graduates, and 42 transfer graduates; a survey of the employers of 109 occupational-technical graduates; and requests for student grade reports from four transfer institutions. Based on an overall 52.7% student response rate, a 90.9% employer response rate, and informal transcripts from three of the four transfer institutions, the study found: (1) 77.8% of the occupational-technical graduates were employed, compared to 57.4% of the non-graduates; (2) 90.3% of the employed graduates were working in a field related to their college training, compared to 55.7% of the non-graduates; (3) 97.6% of the employers considered graduates adequately prepared for their positions; (4) 71.4% of the transfer graduates enrolled at a four-year college; and (5) there was little difference in the grade point averages of transfer students at the four-year institution and WCC. Study findings suggest that graduation is important for occupational-technical students, employers have confidence in WCC training, and WCC prepares students well for transfer. The questionnaires are appended. (LL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Dropouts, Employer Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Technical Education, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wytheville Community Coll., VA. Office of Institutional Research.