ERIC Number: ED078819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jul-13
Reference Count: 0
Employer Evaluation of Occupational Programs.
Willett, Lynn H.; Piland, William E.
In an effort to meet the need for a more comprehensive program evaluation, staff at Moraine Valley Community College developed a questionnaire and interview schedule to obtain feedback from employers concerning career programs. Questionnaires were sent to all employers who hired graduates of occupational programs between 1969-71; over 80% returned the questionnaires. A sample were selected for the interview phase as well; interview schedules were completed for 60% of the sample. Factor analysis of the original 25-item questionnaire designed to evaluate technical, human relations and problem-solving skills revealed that employers evaluated graduates using a two-dimensional structure that included only technical and human relations skills. Results showed that: (1) employers rated as effective or highly effective their employees' training; (2) evaluations for public service, health and business programs were similar; (3) public service graduates were rated slightly higher in technical skills than business and health graduates; (4) personality factors were mentioned most often as areas of strength or weakness; (5) the chances for advancement of half the graduates were rated higher than the chances of other employees in similar positions; (6) supervisors were interested in hiring graduates; and (7) a positive correlation exists between college evaluation and job performance evaluation. Program changes were recommended on the basis of these data. (KM)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Moraine Valley Community Coll., Palos Hills, IL.
Note: Paper presented at the North Central Special Interest Group for Community-Junior College Research--American Educational Research Association (Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 13, 1973)