ERIC Number: ED152175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
External Degrees: How Well Do They Serve Their Holders?
Sharp, Laure M.; Sosdian, Carol P.
A two-phase study of external degree holders was carried out in 1976-1977 by the Bureau of Social Science Research in cooperation with the American Council on Education and under the sponsorship of the National Institute of Education. Over 3,000 men and women who had received an Associate or Bachelor's degree since the commencement of these programs were surveyed via questionnaire regarding the usefulness of this degree for access to subsequent educational programs and to jobs for which a college degree constitutes a prerequisite or confers an advantage. Answers from 1,486 degree holders showed that the majority of graduates were white males employed full-time in relatively high-paying jobs at the time they completed the degree. More than half of all graduates sought to enroll for more advanced education following degree award, and practically all of them were admitted. The utility of the degree in the world of work was measured by means of four (self-reported) indicators: job change, promotion or pay raise, increase in job responsibility or security, and increase in status or respect from employers or co-workers. The degree yielded sizeable benefits, especially for women and for those in lower-level occupations prior to degree completion. Although education- and work-related outcomes had ranked high among the graduates' goals, the personal satisfaction of being a graduate was an important objective, especially for the older respondents. (Author/LBH)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Students, Articulation (Education), Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Education Work Relationship, Employment Opportunities, External Degree Programs, Followup Studies, Graduate Study, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Nontraditional Students, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Professional Recognition, Status
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 27-31, 1978); For related document see HE 009 753