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ERIC Number: ED140916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
The Problem With the Placement Study.
This study compared the effectiveness and efficiency of two alternative methods for determining the status of graduates of Seminole Community College. The first method involved the identification of graduates, design and mailing of a questionnaire, and analysis of response data, as mandated by the state. The second method compared computer data maintained by the institution to that of the Florida State University System and the State Department of Commerce. Social security numbers of students were common to all three data sets and allowed for identification of a graduate in terms of either further education in a State University System institution or employment/unemployment status as defined by the Department of Commerce. The computer comparison method was somewhat constrained inasmuch as students pursuing an education out-of-state or in private colleges could not be followed-up and the Department of Commerce data was limited to persons eligible for unemployment compensation. However, low cost, a higher rate of response, consistency of statewide data collection and reporting, and elimination of the response bias inherent in questionnaire surveys were felt to more than offset any disadvantages. Tabular data are included in this paper showing comparisons between the results obtained using the two alternative methods and pooled results. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Seminole Community Coll., Sanford, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida