ERIC Number: ED242379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
G.E.D. Graduate Study. We're Making Tomorrow: Adult Basic Education.
Moraine Valley Community College., Palos Hills, IL. Office of Institutional Research.
In spring 1982, Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) surveyed recent General Educational Development (GED) graduates to determine their demographic characteristics, opinions about MVCC's GED program, and the impact of receiving the GED on graduates' lives. Survey instruments were mailed to 321 graduates who had received their GED within the past year. Study findings, based on an adjusted response rate of 52%, included the following: (1) 68.8% of the respondents were female, and 93% were white; (2) respondents' average age was 32 years; (3) approximately 55% of the respondents were employed, with 35.7% working full-time and 16.6% working part-time; (4) 39.4% had completed the 10th grade prior to enrolling in the GED program and 37.5% had completed the 11th grade; (5) 37% said they had taken some type of course since receiving their GED diploma, with the majority taking courses to learn an occupational skill; (6) 81.6% had prepared for the GED through MVCC's program; (7) self-satisfaction, preparation for college, and improvement of job skills were the most frequently named reasons for pursuing the GED; (8) respondents felt that the most useful aspects of MVCC's program were the teachers, and math and English preparation, and the least useful aspects, the science and social studies preparation; and (9) 46% felt the GED had influenced their lives by increasing their self-confidence. The questionnaire is appended. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Moraine Valley Community College., Palos Hills, IL. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests