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ERIC Number: ED231446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Wytheville Community Coll., VA. Office of Institutional Research.
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