ERIC Number: ED245761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Follow-Up of 1982 Graduates. Research Report Number 38.
Radcliffe, Susan K.; Baxter, Cheryl L.
A study was conducted to provide descriptive data on 1982 graduates of Howard Community College (HCC) 6 months after graduation. A questionnaire requesting information on students' demographic characteristics, employment and transfer status, and satisfaction with HCC classroom instruction and preparation for transfer/employment was mailed to 253 students who graduated from HCC in 1982. In addition, employers were asked to rate graduates' preparation and performance in comparison with other employees. Study findings, based on responses from 169 (67%) graduates, included the following: (1) 218 associate degrees and 35 certificates were awarded in 1982, with the majority (68%) in occupational programs; (2) 77% of the respondents were female and 15% were minority group members; (3) over 87% of the respondents reported they had achieved their goals, 95% were satisfied with the instruction in their programs, and almost 99% were satisfied with the quality of HCC; (4) as in previous years, the two major reasons for attending HCC were to prepare for a new career (30% of the respondents) and to prepare for transfer (28%); (5) 66% of the respondents whose goal was career entry were employed, and 87% of the employed graduates were working in a field related to their HCC major; (6) 33% of the employed graduates were working in the nursing field; and (7) 86% of the transfer-oriented students transferred to a four-year institution. 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.