ERIC Number: ED194786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Statewide Assessment of Career Aspiration and Job Attainment among Women Returning to College in Maryland.
Martin, Mary K.; And Others
A study examined career aspirations and job attainment among women returning to college in Maryland. To determine the effectiveness of Maryland continuing education programs for women, a random sample of 767 women aged 32 to 45 from seven institutions (universities, colleges, and two-year colleges) were surveyed by telephone to obtain information about career aspirations and job acquisition and such demographic data as marital status, economic background, and number of children. Data revealed that most reentrants were employed, married, and had children living at home. Three-fourths of them enrolled for career related reasons. Only a minority took a math course and only a few received counseling. Blacks attained lower socio-economic status and acquired fewer desired jobs. Data varied somewhat among the three types of institutions and among groups of women. Only a minority of women entered new or nontraditional careers and most were not receiving maximum benefits from their new curriculum or career options. Recommendations included training counselors in decision-making techniques, making women aware of marketplace demands and the importance of math and science, development of more career-oriented programs, and helping counselors realize the real needs of reentry women. (Appendixes contain the survey instrument, variables, and group references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Blacks, Change Strategies, Continuing Education, Demography, Employment Patterns, Females, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics, Institutional Characteristics, Job Satisfaction, Occupational Aspiration, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Reentry Students, School Role, State Surveys, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup, Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Board for Higher Education, Annapolis.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland