ERIC Number: ED217935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan-29
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up Study of 1980 Career Alumni. Volume XI, No. 20.
Lucas, John A.
In 1981, a follow-up study of 1979-80 students in William Rainey Harper College's (WRHC's) career programs was conducted to gather information about former students' employment and/or educational status and to obtain their evaluations of WRHC's programs and services. After two questionnaire mailings and a telephone follow-up of 681 former students, a response rate of 83% was attained. The study revealed that: (1) 59.5% of the respondents were employed full time and 37.0% were enrolled either full or part time at another college or university; (2) the relatedness of respondents' present positions to their majors at WRHC had declined in comparison to earlier studies, with only 44% of the respondents remaining in an identical field; (3) the unemployment rate of 1980 students was about 2.5%; (4) the average salary of respondents was $14,173, a figure 21% higher than that for 1978 career alumni; (5) 51% of the respondents found jobs by themselves, and 12% already had jobs while enrolled at WRHC; (6) the college was perceived as doing the best job in providing specific job knowledge and as being of least help in the areas of management and job search skills; and (7) the 1980 career alumni rated their courses more highly than did any previous alumni class. The study report includes a comparison with a similar study conducted at Tarrant County Community College (Texas) and a comparison with data from previous WRHC studies. Extensive data tables and the questionnaire are included. (Author/HB)
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Institutional Evaluation, Job Placement, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Salaries, Student Personnel Services, 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.