ERIC Number: ED231498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up of 1981 Graduates. Research Report Number 33.
Nespoli, Lawrence A.; Radcliffe, Susan K.
A follow-up study of 1981 graduates of Howard Community College (HCC) was conducted to obtain demographic data, determine students' employment and educational status 6 months after graduation, and to assess graduates' satisfaction with HCC's classroom instruction and preparation for transfer/employment. Study findings, based on survey responses from 6l% of the 231 students who received a degree in 1981 and a survey of the employers of working graduates, included the following: (1) in 1981, 42 certificates and 189 associate degrees were awarded; (2) the majority of these awards (66%) were in occupational programs, followed by transfer programs (18%) and general studies awards (16%); (3) 91% of the employed graduates were satisfied with HCC preparation for employment, and 77% found jobs related to their HCC major; (4) over 96% of the transfer students reported satisfaction with their preparation, and over 86% indicated that their HCC and transfer programs were related; (5) 87% of the graduates whose primary goal was to prepare for career entry were employed, and 84% of the sample of their employers rated their training as good or very good; and (6) 83% of the graduates whose initial goal was to transfer achieved that goal and most reported a high degree of success at the senior institution. The bulk of the report consists of data tables showing survey responses for all graduates, employed graduates, and transfer graduates. Student comments and the questionnaires are appended. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD. Office of Research and Planning.