ERIC Number: ED165833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-30
Reference Count: 0
Report on Follow-Up Data Regarding Graduates of Transfer and Career Programs.
Rockland Community Coll., Suffern, NY.
A random sample of 500 graduates (from a total population of 4,046) of Rockland Community College (RCC) were surveyed in two groups, humanities/social science graduates and career program graduates. Career graduates were also individually interviewed. The overall response rate was 52%; telephone checks of non-respondents indicated no respondent bias. Data were also gathered from 15 employers of RCC graduates in the fields of nursing, criminal justice, secretarial skills, and data processing. Sixty-seven percent of the respondents were female, though no significant differences with male responses were indicated. Other respondent characteristics were typical of the school population: 60% were under 30 years of age and 95% were white. Responses revealed that 75% of the graduates continued to a four-year institution and received bachelor's degrees. For humanities/social science graduates this percentage was 83%, for career program graduates, 67%. The data suggested that many students tended to commute to other institutions and thus remained members of the community. In general, three-fourths of the graduates were working in the field of their choice. No significant correlations were found between salary and age, salary and number of jobs, or salary and degree earned. An overwhelming majority of comments indicated that the work at RCC was too easy. Employers consistently rated graduate employees highly. The survey instruments are appended. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rockland Community Coll., Suffern, NY.