ERIC Number: ED104499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Follow-up Studies of Former Occupational-Technical Students at Community Colleges. Research Report No. 1.
Williams, William G.; Snyder, Fred A.
This report presents a review of follow-up studies of former occupational-technical students at community colleges throughout the nation. The purpose was to evaluate the effectiveness of follow-up studies in measuring attainment of educational goals stated in community college catalogs and literature. This evaluation was made by studying the research emphases, motivations, and procedures for the studies. In winter 1973, a 12-item questionnaire was sent to all 720 public comprehensive two-year colleges which began offering occupational-technical programs prior to September 1970; 520 (72.5 percent) responded. This questionnaire requested information on research motivations and frequency, and asked for copies of recent studies. The content of the 85 most sophisticated follow-up studies submitted was analyzed using a three-part 66-item coding instrument. A 44-item goals inventory for occupational-technical education was prepared in order to measure the educational goal emphases of the studies. Findings are reported and recommendations for improving follow-up studies are made. The appendix includes a list of the 42 community college catalogs and a bibliography of the literature consulted in determining educational goals, a list of the 85 colleges submitting sophisticated follow-up studies, the questionnaire and accompanying letters, and the content coding form and procedures for its use. (Author/DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Community Colleges, Richmond.