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ERIC Number: ED231432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
1978 Entrant Follow-Up Study.
Quinley, John W.
In spring 1982, a study was conducted to evaluate the success of Harford Community College (HCC), Maryland, in assisting students in achieving their educational goals, in preparing for transfer to a four-year college or university, and in career development. A sample of 650 students, selected from the 1,155 students who enrolled at HCC for the first time in 1978, was mailed questionnaires soliciting information on their goals and goal achievement, transfer experiences, employment, and satisfaction with the college. Study results were compared with findings from the 1978 Maryland statewide follow-up and with earlier HCC studies. Study findings, based on a 45% adjusted return rate, included the following: (1) 73% of the respondents achieved their individual goals; (2) 85% of those wishing to transfer had done so, with only 7% dissatisfied with the preparation for transfer they had received at HCC; (3) 71% of the students who wanted full-time employment achieved their goal, and 70% of the employed respondents were in positions related to their community college program; and (4) at least 95% of the respondents reported satisfaction with classroom instruction and the overall quality of HCC. The study suggested needs for research into students' scheduling problems, additional academic advising efforts, a reexamination of HCC's position on career placement, and increased efforts to improve the college's image. The questionnaire is appended. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harford Community Coll., Bel Air, MD. Office of Institutional Research.