ERIC Number: ED118201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec-20
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1970 and 1972 Alumni. Research Report Series, Vol. 7, No. 9.
Lucas, John A.
In order to evaluate long-term benefits to students, William Rainey Harper College conducted five- and three-year followup studies of all 1970 and 1972 alumni. The population was defined as students who had accumulated 48 or more credit hours or had received a degree. In all, 385 1970 alumni, and 1,154 1972 alumni were surveyed by mail or telephone; 237 responses (61.6 percent) were received from 1970 alumni, and 815 (70.6 percent) from 1972 alumni. About 70 percent of this population had received a degree or certificate before leaving Harper. Career program alumni tended to remain in their fields, but transfer program alumni drifted away from the fields they had chosen at Harper. In general, the longer the alumni had been away from Harper, the more apt they were to be working at a higher skill and salary level, and to be working further away from Harper. Sixty-two percent of the 1970, and 37 percent of the 1972 transfer alumni had earned bachelor's degrees by 1975. Overall, about 80 percent of the transfer alumni had taken at least some other courses at another college since leaving Harper. In addition, Harper's programs, facilities, and faculty were rated as to their degree of relevance to the respondents' present lives and jobs, and compared to those at other schools. Responses are tabulated, and the survey instrument is appended. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL.