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ERIC Number: ED217935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan-29
Pages: 65
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.