ERIC Number: ED224519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Five-Year Longitudinal Follow-Up Study of 1976 Graduates.
Murty, K. Rajeswari
In 1981, a 5-year follow-up study was conducted to ascertain the current employment and educational activities of the 1976 graduates of Reading Area Community College (RACC) and to obtain their evaluation of the programs and services of the college. Questionnaires were mailed to all 105 students who obtained their degree in June 1976, and demographic information on these students was obtained from student master files. Of the 105 students, 62% were males and 89.5% were white; their average age was 31.8 years; and they took an average of 8.1 terms to obtain their degrees. Survey findings, based on responses from 48 of the graduates, included the following: (1) 81.3% of the respondents were employed either full- or part-time; (2) full-time employment was higher among occupational graduates than liberal arts graduates; (3) of the employed respondents, 72.9% were employed in a job related to their major at RACC; (4) of the 16 graduates who had pursued further education, 13 had obtained baccalaureate degrees and one had attained a master's degree; (5) 80% of the respondents indicated that their preparation for transfer was excellent or good; and (6) a majority of the respondents rated instruction, academic advisement, course scheduling, financial aid services, and counseling services as excellent or good. The study report includes selected comparisons with a 1-year follow-up of the same group of graduates and the survey instrument. (AYC)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Reading Area Community Coll., PA.
Note: Funded through a Strengthening Developing Institutions Program Grant.