ERIC Number: ED217931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Five Year Follow-Up Study of 1974 Alumni. Volume XI, No. 16.
Lucas, John A.
A 5-year follow-up of students who left William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in 1974 was conducted to assess the long-term impact of WRHC on its students and to learn what those students do when they leave college. Questionnaires were sent to 443 alumni of career programs and 568 transfer alumni, and an overall response rate of 57.5% was attained. The study revealed that: (1) 74% of the 1974 career alumni were employed full time and 11% were unemployed, while 85% of the transfer alumni were employed full time and 6.5% were unemployed; (2) 17% of the transfer alumni were still enrolled in college compared with 15.5% of the career alumni; (3) 61% of the career alumni changed employment fields, and 70% changed firms during the 5-year period; however, 64% remained in a field closely related to their WRHC major; (4) while transfer alumni made fewer changes in their employment and education situation, only 36% remained in fields related to their WRHC major; (5) 52% of the career alumni and 86% of the transfer alumni had taken college courses in the 5-year period, and 23.5% of the career and 68% of the transfer alumni had received a bachelor's degree; and (6) career alumni were most helped by WRHC in attaining job knowledge and job and communication skills, while transfer alumni were aided most in the area of communication skills. The survey report includes data tables contrasting survey findings with those of a follow-up of 1970 alumni and the questionnaire. (Author/HB)
Descriptors: Career Change, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Trends, Followup Studies, Majors (Students), Questionnaires, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, 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.