ERIC Number: ED338283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of Students Completing Selected Occupational Programs in Fiscal Year 1990.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
In March 1991, 3,081 fiscal year 1990 graduates of selected occupational programs in the Illinois Community College System (ICCS) were surveyed concerning their objectives for attending college, current educational status, present employment status, salary, employment start-up, geographic location of employment, and satisfaction with their employment and the educational program they completed. A total of 1,237 graduates completed usable surveys for a 40.2% response rate. Study results included the following: (1) 82% of the respondents were employed, 9.5% were involved in other endeavors, and 9% were unemployed but not seeking employment; (2) data processing graduates had an unemployment rate of 12.7%, while 9.3% of the electrical and electronic technology graduates were unemployed; (3) one out of every three employed graduates was working in a field unrelated to their area of study; (4) one-third of the graduates reported being enrolled in additional education; (5) graduates employed full time earned an average of $10.99 per hour, or $21,600 annually; (6) the highest overall educational program satisfaction ratings were found among graduates from fashion design, allied health, and communications media technology, while the field of electricians and lineworkers received neutral ratings; (7) among specific program components examined in the survey, graduates were least satisfied with placement and labor market information provided; and (8) job satisfaction ratings were highest among allied health workers and lowest among data processing program completers. Appendixes provide specific results by program area, as well as detailed data tables and references. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Salaries, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Educational Objectives, Tables (Data), Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.