ERIC Number: ED327078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-up Study of Doctoral Program Graduates and Their Employers.
Ruthven, A. Jan
In accordance with Standard II.B of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education concerning the maintenance of relationships with graduates of professional education programs, this study surveyed all graduates (N=86) of doctoral-level programs in the College of Education at Mississippi State University from 1986 through 1989. The two-part questionnaire used in the study included demographic questions and open-ended evaluative questions as well as structured-response items grouped into six sections concerning: (1) quality of the graduate faculty; (2) relevance of selected courses; (3) preparation for scholarly work, teaching, and/or research; (4) preparation for present position; (5) the dissertation phase of the program; and (6) miscellaneous aspects of the program. In addition, each graduate was asked to have his/her employer/supervisor complete a brief rating of the graduate's on-the-job performance and return it to the university. Seventy-nine graduates responded to the survey. Employers indicated that the graduates were well prepared for the positions for which they were employed. The strength of the program most frequently identified by students was the quality of the relationships between students and professors. Weaknesses of the program included lack of an internship or applied experience and uncertainty as to whether the program would meet licensure requirements; also mentioned was lack of opportunities for involvement in research activities. Program modifications that have occurred include the addition of a Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree program and of five new courses in the Department of Educational Psychology. The questionnaire is appended. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State.
Identifiers: Mississippi State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1990).