ERIC Number: ED231463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May-16
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up Studies of Students Who Stopped Out 1974-1981. Volume 12, No. 7.
Lucas, John A.
Data were consolidated from 11 studies conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) between 1974 and 1981. The studies surveyed a total of 1,939 students, who left WRHC after attending at least one semester, to determine their educational objectives, current activities, employment characteristics, educational activities, and evaluation of various aspects of their WRHC experiences. The studies, which achieved an average response rate of 72%, revealed the following: (1) the proportion of students who returned to WRHC subsequent to stopping out declined from 35% among 1974-76 students to 15% among 1980-81 students; (2) after returning to WRHC, stopout students averaged another 10 credit hours; (3) the most frequently cited reason for leaving WRHC given by the 1980-81 students was that their educational goals had been met, and the second most frequently cited reason was to transfer to another college; (4) the average salary for the 1980-81 respondents was $18,000, compared to an average of $14,300 for career alumni; (5) 61.5% of the 1980-81 respondents were employed full-time, contrasted to an average of 47% for previous respondents; (6) among 1973-74 respondents, only 53% perceived their jobs as permanent, compared to 69% of the 1980-81 respondents; and (7) overall, the respondents felt that WRHC had prepared them best in communication skills and least in job search, technical job, and managerial skills. Extensive data tables and the survey instruments are included in the study report. (Author/HB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.