ERIC Number: ED207663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-15
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up Study of 1979 Harper Transfer Alumni. Volume 11, Number 9.
Lucas, John A.
To evaluate the preparation provided by William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate program, a follow-up study of transfer-oriented students was conducted in 1980. All 429 transfer-oriented students who accumulated 48 or more semester hours during the 1978-79 academic year were surveyed, and data were gathered from senior institutions since May 1978. Responses from the 1978-79 alumni were also compared to those of previous years' alumni. The results of the study, based on a 75.5% response rate, included the following: (1) 35% of the respondents remained at WRHC for a third year; (2) 1979 alumni needed to travel further and to seek more assistance in finding jobs than earlier alumni, but had higher average salaries; (3) 77% of the respondents were enrolled at other colleges in March 1980; (4) the alumni successfully transferred 91% of their WRHC credits; (5) WRHC transfers performed slightly better than other community college transfers and as well as four-year college transfers and native students, except at the University of Illinois, Champaign; (6) areas rated highest at WRHC by 1979 alumni were teaching, course selection, tutoring/study skills, and the Learning Resource Center; (7) areas rated lowest were intramurals, learning atmosphere, student activities and athletics; and (8) General Business and Speech courses were rated as most beneficial. Data tables compose the bulk of the report, and the questionnaire is appended. (KL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.