ERIC Number: ED239681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan-31
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up Study of 1981 Harper Transfer Alumni. Volume XII, No. 13.
Lucas, John A.
In January 1982, a study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to gather follow-up data on transfer-oriented students 1 year after they had accumulated at least 48 semester hours of credit. All 820 alumni meeting these criteria were mailed a survey form asking about their current status, evaluation of WRHC, and activity patterns while at WRHC. Study findings, based on an 83% response rate, included the following: (1) 1.9% of the alumni were unemployed and seeking employment--an all-time high when compared to past WRHC transfer alumni classes; (2) only 37.5% were voluntarily unemployed--an all-time low among past alumni classes; (3) 29.5% were employed part-time; (4) the mean full-time salary of transfer alumni was $16,900, which was up 16.5% over the 1979 WRHC class; (5) 1981 transfers were employed more hours while at WRHC (21.3 hours per week) than past alumni and were less likely to spend time on campus in either extracurricular or informal activities; (6) only 51.1% remained in a closely related field in their employment or educational activities after leaving WRHC; (7) 71% were still enrolled in college; (8) the highest percentage of alumni in WRHC's history left without attaining a certificate or degree; (9) students performed well after transfer; and (10) respondents rated WRHC and its services better in almost all areas than their predecessors. Extensive data tables, student comments, and the survey instrument are included in the study report. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.