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ERIC Number: ED133406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Higher Education Opportunity Programs. Post College Experience of Disadvantaged Students: A Follow-Up of HEOP Graduates and Dropouts. Final Report.
Wolf, Judith G.
This is a report of a pilot study performed by the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) of the New York State Education Department. The study investigated the post college experiences of HEOP graduates and dropouts at three institutions in Western New York: Canisius College, Buffalo; Rosary Hill College, Snyder; and Niagara University. The study was conducted to: (1) document career related post college experiences of HEOP graduates and dropouts; (2) document perceptions of the college experience and its effect on career related post college experience; and (3) investigate methodologies for conducting follow-up studies. Two primary methods of data collection were employed: mail surveys and telephone interviews. It was found that the mail survey is a particularly ineffective method of obtaining information from samples of graduates or dropouts, whereas the telephone interview seems to be especially effective. The results which describe the post college experiences of the graduate sample indicate that the majority are white collar workers employed in relatively high positions. Forty percent of the graduates have continued their education. It appears that the majority of dropouts from HEOP leave college before the end of their second year; therefore, there is a need for a strong supportive service program early in the college experience. It appears that the employment, career status and income of only some of the HEOP dropouts were influenced by their exposure to college. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, College Graduates, Compensatory Education, Dropouts, Economic Opportunities, Educational Benefits, Educational Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Office of Higher Educational Opportunity Programs.
Authoring Institution: JnD Research, Williamsville, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York