ERIC Number: ED238473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Follow-Up Survey of Students from Career/Technical Programs in British Columbia Community Colleges and Institutions. Summary Report.
Dennison, John D.; And Others
A longitudinal follow-up study of career/technical students in British Columbia (BC) community colleges and technical institutes was conducted to determine the number of students who completed, withdrew from, or discontinued their studies; reasons for program non-completion; student opinions of the career/technical programs; and students' educational outcomes and employment patterns. A 30-item questionnaire was mailed to 9,941 former full- and part-time students who had been enrolled in fall 1981 at 17 BC colleges and who, due to graduation or withdrawal, were no longer enrolled in fall 1982. Study findings, based on responses from 4,727 (48%) of those surveyed, revealed that: (1) 41% of the college-age students attended to learn job skills, 20.3% to decide on a career, 12.8% to improve existing skills, and 7.5% for personal interest; (2) 22.5% of the adult students attended college to learn job skills, 35.5% to improve existing skills, 15.3% for personal interest, and 13.5% to complete a certificate; (3) 59% of the students surveyed had work experience related to their program prior to enrollment, and 57% were employed full-time while enrolled; (4) 77% of the respondents were employed at the time of the survey; (5) 24% indicated there was no relationship between their employment and their training, and 22% indicated that their training was not useful to them in performing their job; and (6) family obligations and financial problems were the most frequently cited reasons for withdrawal. (HB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, State Surveys, Student Attrition, Student Educational Objectives, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Technical Occupations, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria. Program Services Div.
Authoring Institution: B. C. Research, Vancouver (British Columbia).
Identifiers: British Columbia
Note: For the complete report, see JC 830 560.