ERIC Number: ED250034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-1
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up of Occupational Students Enrolled at Harper College, 1982-1983. Volume XIII, No. 4.
Lucas, John A.
In 1984, a follow-up study was conducted of degree-oriented, vocational students who were enrolled at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) during 1982-83 and who were no longer enrolled in 1983-84. The study sample included 832 students who received a degree or certificate, 1,150 students who left WRHC before graduating, and 700 employers of students who were employed in a field related to their college major. Study findings, based on telephone interviews with 85.9% of the program completers, 62.4% of the program leavers, and 77.9% of the employers, included the following: (1) more than 80% of WRHC's occupational students became employed in their first year after leaving the college, and 68% found employment in fields related to their major; (2) 90% of the former students working in a field related to their major were rated as very good or good by their employers in the areas of technical knowledge, work attitudes, work quality, and overall performance; (3) employers indicated that 55% of the former students were better prepared than other employees; (4) the average hourly rate earned by the former students was $8.60 per hour, with students who remained in their field earning an average of $1.60 per hour more; and (5) more than half of the students found their jobs either before coming to WRHC or while enrolled. The interview schedules are appended. (Author/LAL)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, 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: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.