ERIC Number: ED111461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Former Occupational-Technical Students. Research Report No. 4.
Trufant, John E.; And Others
Former occupational-technical students were questioned as to their attitudes toward their community college programs. The large majority of respondents rated their overall experience very high, and said they would recommend their college to someone seeking the same program. Social activities, however, were rated quite low. Women and graduates were much more positive about their community college experience than were their male or nongraduate counterparts. Diploma graduates expressed far more positive attitudes than AAS degree or certificate graduates. Of curricular groups, public service students were the most positive, followed closely by health students. Minorities were somewhat more positive than whites. Students rated the quality and value of their preparation in seven different areas: technical knowledge and understanding, job or learning skills, getting along with people, self-understanding, knowledge about career opportunities, communication skills, and general education. General education received the highest rating, both for quality and current value. Yet, when asked to give their opinion on the balance of general education and technical courses, more than half of the respondents wanted to increase the proportion of technical courses. Tabulated responses are appended. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Community Colleges, Richmond.
Note: For related documents, see ED 101 798, 104 499, and 104 500