ERIC Number: ED164053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Follow-up Surveys of College Graduates: Procedures and Common Core of Questions. Two-Year Institutions.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Techniques and procedures for conducting graduate follow-up surveys are summarized. Initial considerations include: survey objectives, standardization of questions, differentiating follow-ups from alumni campaigns, those who need the information, those who have responsibility for the survey, and various populations to be surveyed. Specific issues on survey content that relate to follow-up surveys are respondent identification, demographic data, updated addresses for respondents, and use of self-coding responses. The advantages of the entire population and random sample surveys are considered, as well as when during the year to conduct the survey. Practical suggestions stress up-to-date address files, timing of mailings, cover letters, postage, costs, computer processing, non-response bias, telephone checks, and checking for differences on demographic characteristics and between early and late respondents. Use and distribution of the survey results to interested parties are also explored. A common core of questions focusing on demographics, employment and educational attainment, and evaluation of programs is presented. Appendices contain occupational classification system categories, a suggested hand-out to give students before graduation, a cover letter for the survey, bulk mailing instructions, a procedure for sequential non-respondent sampling, and a bibliography. (MB)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
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