ERIC Number: ED232749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Career Development and Job Performance: Follow-Up of Maryland Community College Graduates and Their Employers.
Maryland State Board for Community Colleges, Annapolis.
In 1981, surveys were conducted of Maryland community college graduates and their employers to assess the effectiveness of the community college programs, the programs' relationship to job demands, and perceptions of the adequacy of community college preparation for employment. Surveys sent to the 7,120 students who graduated from a community college in 1980 requested information on current employment/educational status, reasons for attending college and for selecting a particular college, satisfaction with preparation for employment and quality of instruction, relationship of job to training, salaries, and goal achievement. In addition, surveys were sent to 1,023 employers of occupational graduates who were working full-time in a field related to their major. Study findings, based on responses from 58% of the graduates and 67% of the employers, revealed: (1) 36% of the graduates had attended college to prepare for a job or to update skills and 36% to prepare for transfer; (2) 40% had chosen their college primarily because of its convenient location; (3) 76% of the respondents were employed either full-time (54%) or part-time (22%); (4) 45% of all graduates and 63% of the occupational program graduates were employed in a job directly related to their college program; and (5) 95% of the employers felt that college preparation in job skills was at least adequate and 67% felt that community college graduates were better prepared than other employees. The survey instruments and program data are appended. (HB)
Descriptors: College Choice, College Graduates, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Participant Satisfaction, Personnel Evaluation, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Salaries, State Surveys, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Board for Community Colleges, Annapolis.