ERIC Number: ED216153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Follow-up Study of Adult Graduates of the University of Wisconsin System. Technical Report.
A study surveyed University of Wisconsin System adult graduates (age 29 and over at graduation) from traditional campus programs to determine the impact of a bachelor's degree on their lives and work three to five years after graduation. The main interest was job changes experienced by adult graduates. Of 441 adults surveyed, 254 returned the mailed questionnaire that collected data about graduate's background, activities and job status prior to entering college, educational goals, and present employment status. Questionnaires also referred to job-related changes and gains in areas not directly related to employment. Conclusions were that most returned to college to gain the satisfaction of a degree and/or develop a career. Percentage of fulltime workers went from 54% to 78%. Before the degree, about half were employed in professional, technical, and managerial positions; afterwards this increased to 84%. Post-degree jobs demanded a higher level of working with data and people. About half reported increased job responsibilities, pay, status, security, and/or change to a different job. Most were not employed at the same organization as prior to return to college. Nearly all had engaged in further education, and most reported personal growth. (The instrument and some responses are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Green Bay. Assessment Center.