ERIC Number: ED082749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
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A Follow-up Study of Secretarial Students.
Gell, Robert L.; Bleil, David F.
To determine how effectively the Secretarial Studies Department's program was meeting the needs of its students, a follow-up study was conducted of former Montgomery Community College Secretarial Studies students. The survey sought to determine, in particular, if the students had secured employment that was related to their course work at the college and if they were receiving an adequate salary. Other areas surveyed were whether the skills gained at the college were those most useful and made advancement possible, and how the former students viewed the adequacy and appropriateness of the college program. In all, 418 questionnaires were sent out, of which 185 were returned. Of the 185 respondees, 96 had earned neither a certificate nor a degree, 8 had earned a secretarial certificate, and 81 had received an Associate in Arts degree. Results of the survey showed that the holders of secretarial certificates had the highest probability of employment in the secretarial field; those who were working in the secretarial field tended to earn more per week than those students who had jobs other than secretarial; Associate in Arts graduates had the greatest likelihood of having above average weekly earnings of the total group; typing speed was more important than shorthand speed; certificated secretaries changed jobs less frequently than did degree holding secretaries; the reason for changing positions was mainly to earn a higher salary; English, shorthand, and typing were selected as their most helpful subjects; and none of the job skills training at the college was rated as inadequate. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: Montgomery Coll., Rockville, MD. Office of Institutional Research.