ERIC Number: ED209500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
1980 Follow-up Study of the Graduates of the Department of Adult Education of the University of the District of Columbia.
Goyen, Loren F.
A follow-up study was conducted of graduates of the Masters of Adult Education degree program of the University of the District of Columbia to ascertain their present status and how they feel about their graduate experience. Information obtained by a mailed questionnaire from 205 of the 367 persons who graduated from 1969 through 1979 included the graduates' demographic characteristics, their current employment, their additional educational activities and plans, and how they rated the overall aspects of the adult education program. The respondents were nearly equally divided between men and women, most black, a majority married, their average age 43 years, and a majority concentrated in the area of administration and supervision. Eighty-six percent of the graduates felt that they had achieved their goal for attending the University, which was either (1) preparation for getting an adult education job or entering a new field; or (2) updating or improving skills for a job held at the time. Most of the graduates are employed full time, with 54 percent in educational occupations, and 31 percent in professional, technical, and managerial occupations. Since completing their Masters degree, 10 percent of the respondents have completed an additonal degree, 17 percent are working toward an additional degree, and 43 percent will probably pursue another degree in the future; 60 percent of the respondents indicated interest in pursuing a doctoral degree in adult education if it is offered at the University. Respondents rated the program very high, making few suggestions for changes, although some individual suggestions for courses were made. Tables of data are included in the narrative, and the questionnaire is appended. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Age Groups, Blacks, Family Characteristics, Females, Graduate Study, Graduate Surveys, Graduates, Higher Education, Males, Masters Degrees, Professional Continuing Education, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Tables (Data), Vocational Followup, Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Univ., Washington, DC. Dept. of Adult Education.