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ERIC Number: ED140684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: N/A
Following Up Graduates: A Measure of Academic Effectiveness.
Anderson, Laura, Ed.
Regional Spotlight, News of Higher Education in the South, v11 n4 May 1977
Questions posed about the practicality of postsecondary education have led many institutions to survey the graduates themselves. The Southern Regional Education Board report cites studies conducted by the University of North Carolina and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The surveys concern the age of graduates, the type and amount of work while in school, financial support to students, activities, curriculum, employment rate and history, and value of the education. The implications of the results of the surveys are discussed in general. Higher education needs to gear itself more toward the older students who generally work while attending school; higher tuition levels will limit access to a number of potential students; extracurricular activities are an important part of college; students want more field experience and more options in developing degree programs; the potential economic return to the states is substantial and needs addressing; and students find college economically enriching, but even more personally enriching. Alumni followup studies are encouraged because they point out specific problems an institution may have as well as needed and desired changes. (JMF)
Descriptors: Alumni, College Graduates, Educational Benefits, Educational Research, Employment, Enrichment, Financial Support, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Employment, Student Experience, Student Needs, Vocational Followup
Southern Regional Education Board, 130 Sixth St., N.W., Atlanta, Ga. 30313
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.