ERIC Number: ED161497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-14
Reference Count: 0
An Appraisal of the Industrial Cooperative Education Program Based on Selected Characteristics of the Students and Their Academic Performance.
Freeman, Nancy S.
As a part of a series describing participants in the cooperative education option of the technical program at Macomb County Community College, this report compares the academic achievements, demographics, and employment characteristics of a random sample of 63 co-op respondents and 69 non co-op respondents from the original study population. Co-op students were younger the first time they enrolled than non co-op students (an average of 19.9 years old compared to 25 years old). Male co-ops were more apt to be employed in program-related jobs; however, the co-op experience did not have the same effect on the women students. Graduation from the technical program, either co-op or non co-op, had little influence on students' ability to get a program-related job; participation in the co-op option had a greater impact on employment than the fact of graduation. Co-op students completed significantly more technical courses and had higher final grade point averages (GPA). The co-op graduates did not have higher GPA's than the co-op non-graduates, but the non co-op graduates of the technical program had higher final GPA's than the non co-op non-graduates. There was no significant difference in students' GPA before and after the co-op experience. Final GPA's for the co-op students who continued employment with the co-op company were not higher than for those changing place of employment. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb County Community Coll., Warren, MI.
Note: Second printing of a document originally dated May 1978