ERIC Number: ED208910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct-22
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up of Students Who Majored in Data Processing from 1969 to 1980. Volume 11, Number 4.
Singlemann, Jay C.; Lucas, John A.
In 1974, 1978, and 1980, follow-up surveys of former data processing students were conducted by William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to help evaluate the data processing program and support curriculum development. The 1974 survey included anyone enrolled between fall 1968 and spring 1973 who had taken any data processing course, while the 1978 and 1980 surveys included only students who completed 15 or more hours in data processing courses. The survey instruments solicited information on student objectives in taking the data processing course(s), exit status from WRHC, participation in a field study project, activities immediately after leaving WRHC, present and prior job and salary, usefulness of WRHC data processing courses on the job, skills that were not developed and should have been, and faculty evaluation. The study findings, based on 48.1% of the 1974 population (N=311), 68.1% of the 1978 population (N=98), and 71.8% of the 1980 population (N=94), include the following: (1) student goals changed significantly over the six years, with more students seeking an associate degree; and (2) the 1980 survey respondents were most likely to work in the data processing field while at WRHC, to enroll in a field experience or case study project, and to obtain a job in the field after leaving WRHC. The study report describes methodology and findings and details survey item responses on a series of tables. The three questionnaires are included. (AYC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Curriculum Evaluation, Data Processing, Data Processing Occupations, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Job Skills, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Salaries, Student Attitudes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.