ERIC Number: ED180514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Graduate Evaluation of the Cooperative Education Program, Annandale Campus, and a Comparative Assessment of Two-Year Cooperative Education and Non-Cooperative Education Graduates' Career Development for the Years 1974, 1975 and 1976. Final Report.
Hamlin, Michael A.
A survey of the 1974, 1975, and 1976 graduates of the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College was conducted to test the hypothesis that graduates who participated in the cooperative education program were more likely to have experienced career development than those graduates who did not participate. An equal number of graduates in each group were asked to fill out a survey instrument designed to measure seven career development criteria. Findings for each criterion, although not statistically significant, indicate that: (1) 63% of co-op graduates found a full-time job in less than one month after graduation, while 37% of the non-co-op graduates did; (2) 61% of co-op graduates held jobs closely related to their academic major, while only 39% of the non-co-op graduates did; (3) 57.4% of the co-op graduates were satisfied with their jobs, while 42.6% of the non-co-op graduates were satisfied; (4) 33.9% of the co-op graduates earned initially over $10,000 annually, while 26.8% of the non-co-op graduates earned the same amount; (5) 54.1% of the co-op graduates received pay increases in the $2,501 to $5,000 range while only 45.9% of the non-co-op graduates did; (6) both groups earned approximately the same number of promotions; and (7) the co-op graduates achieved these promotions faster. The survey report includes a review of relevant literature and the questionnaire. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Virginia Community Coll., Annandale.