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ERIC Number: ED169958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Pages: 72
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Illinois Public Community Colleges Statewide Occupational Student Follow-Up Study: Final Report of a Three Year Longitudinal Study of Fall 1974 New Students Enrolled in Occupational Programs.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
A four-year longitudinal study was initiated during fall 1974 of a study sample consisting of all first-time freshmen (N=27,663) in occupational/career programs in 47 Illinois community colleges. Survey results indicated that only 56% of all students enrolled with the intent of preparation for employment in the career area of the program. Many enrolled with short duration objectives that could be met by completing a few courses. Enrollment patterns indicated that 63% of those students who enrolled as full-time students in fall 1974 were still enrolled during fall 1975; continuation rate for part-time students was 46%. Many students did not continue because they had completed their objectives, others withdrew temporarily because of other responsibilities. Of graduates, 84% were employed either full- or part-time. Of all former students, 16% were continuing their education. When asked how they found their present job, 55% reported finding it on their own, 19% continued in a prior job, 11% were assisted by college personnel, and 1.9% successfully used the college placement office. Former students with two to three years of community college education had a median monthly salary which was $216 higher than those with one year or less of college. Approximately 82% of graduates were either "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their present job. Data tables outline the results. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois