ERIC Number: ED231462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May-16
Reference Count: N/A
Six-Year Follow-Up Study of 1975 Alumni and Stopouts. Volume 12, No. 6.
Lucas, John A.
A follow-up study was conducted of stopouts and alumni of William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to assess the long-term impact of the college upon its students. The targeted population was composed of 989 career and transfer alumni (who had accumulated 48 hours or more in a career or baccalaureate-oriented program during 1974-75), and 189 stopout students (i.e., credit students who left WRHC during 1975-76 before accumulating 48 credit hours). Based on responses from 57.5% of the career alumni, 52.6% of the transfer alumni, and 52% of the stopouts, the study findings revealed: (1) 86% of the career alumni, 73% of the transfer alumni, and 18% of the stopouts eventually obtained an associate degree at WRHC; (2) 71% of the career alumni, 80% of the transfer alumni, and 78% of the stopouts were employed in 1981; (3) 87% of the transfer alumni and 46% of the other two groups had attended another college since leaving WRHC; (4) 58% of the career alumni, 37% of the transfer alumni, and 36% of the stopouts were employed in fields related to their WRHC major; (5) stopouts generally rated WRHC more highly than did alumni; and (6) the mean salaries for all three groups were comparable, averaging between $21,500 and $23,000 per year. Extensive data tables and the survey instrument are included in the study report. (Author/HB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Institutional Evaluation, Majors (Students), Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.