ERIC Number: ED118188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec-1
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1975 Voc/Tech Alumni. Research Report Series, Vol. 7, No. 6.
Lucas, John A.
A followup study was conducted of all 493 William Rainey Harper College students who achieved alumni status (48 hours or more or a degree) during the 1974-75 academic year in a career field. Between 279 returns to a mailed survey instrument, and 134 telephone interviews, a total of 413 responses were gathered, an 83.8 percent response rate. About 85 percent of the respondents had received degrees at Harper. There was a sharp decline in alumni transferring on to other colleges, a sharp increase in alumni remaining at Harper for a third year. Unemployment among the alumni rose from 1974, and the salaries of those leaving Harper was not higher than in 1974. The percentage of alumni remaining in the same field was in the 50 to 55 percent range. Compared to the last four almuni classes, the 1975 class worked fewer hours while at Harper and spent less time on extracurricular and informal campus activities. Although the general comments made about Harper's image, services, and policies were more favorable than in previous years, the alumni rated Harper's training as only half-way between helping considerably and helping somewhat in preparing them for employment. In the managerial skills area, Harper was rated as only helping somewhat. Data are arranged into tables, and the survey instrument is appended. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL.