ERIC Number: ED156273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Education <--?--> Employment. Comprehensive Follow-Up Study of Two-Year College Graduates in New York State. Phase II.
Francis, John Bruce; Jones, Griffith, III
The effectiveness of vocational education at New York State's public two-year colleges was investigated during spring 1976. Part one of the project was a follow-up study of 1970-71 and 1973-74 graduates to ascertain their success in job or transfer placement within fields for which they were trained, salary and job mobility patterns, and opinions on their college educational preparation and job satisfaction. Part two acquired information on employers' satisfaction with graduates' training, work performance, and relationship with campus placement offices. The study indicated graduates were generally satisfied with their college major choices, seemingly influenced by the image of a career in that field. Graduates felt that courses in their major were rigid and difficult although also stimulating and challenging. Future employment success and advancement seemed hinged on a need for further education; those continuing their education did so mostly on a part-time basis, in programs related to their college majors. Graduate location data indicated the existence of a local job market at least for the first job after graduation. College placement offices were felt to be more helpful in supplying job listings and forwarding credentials than in job counseling. Employers were generally satisfied with graduates' college preparation but believed the liaison between colleges and employers could be improved. (Author/TR)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Employer Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Employment Services, Graduate Surveys, Job Placement, Job Satisfaction, Majors (Students), Occupational Surveys, Participant Satisfaction, Relevance (Education), Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Two-Year Coll. Programs.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo. Dept. of Higher Education.
Identifiers - Location: New York