ERIC Number: ED206367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Pattern for Vocational Follow-Up.
Sheldon, M. Stephen
Although the primary purpose of this report is to present prototypical procedures for conducting two-year college vocational follow-up studies, it also describes the implementation and results of using these procedures in the evaluation of the electronics, computer science, and tool and manufacturing programs at Los Angeles Pierce College. After providing background on the development of the model, the report considers problems in sampling and the reasons for focusing on program completers. Next, data collection procedures are explained, which involved a highly structured telephone interview to determine course number; program option; course grade; age; sex; ethnicity; number of semesters attended; number of courses completed; objectives in taking courses; judgement about the accomplishment of these objectives; degree/certificate completion; field of employment; work schedule; period when graduate found the job; college presently attending; evaluation of equipment, materials, and instruction; evaluation of usefulness of studies in obtaining a better job, promotion, or raise; and probability of taking more classes. After the methods of data analysis are described, the results of the application of these follow-up procedures at Pierce are presented. The paper concludes with recommendations and conclusions regarding the purposes and value of vocational follow-up for institutional and state purposes. (AYC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Employment, Graduate Surveys, Institutional Research, Interviews, Multicampus Districts, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Utilization, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Pierce Coll., Woodland Hills, CA.