ERIC Number: ED247962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
1982-83 Graduate Follow-Up Study.
Nienkamp, Roger L.
In fall 1983, a follow-up study was conducted of all 1982-83 graduates of St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. Questionnaires were sent to 610 graduates of transfer programs and 1- and 2-year career programs soliciting information on graduates' current location, employment status, postsecondary educational experiences, reactions to the school's educational and guidance programs, and suggestions for improvement. Study findings, based on responses from 433 of the graduates, included the following: (1) of the 263 respondents who received an associate in applied science degree, 162 were working in a field related to their college major, 44 were working in an unrelated field, 37 were seeking employment, and 60 were continuing their education; (2) of the 86 responding transfer program graduates who received the associate in arts degree, 9 were attending a four-year institution full-time, 18 were attending a four-year college part-time, and 36 were employed full-time; (3) 109 graduates were continuing their education and working; (4) the average starting salary for all positions reported by the graduates was $1,319 per month, while those working in a field related to their college major earned an average of $1,348 per month; (5) 72% of the transfer graduates and 75% of the career graduates said they would take the same major if they had to do it all over again; and (6) 36% of the career graduates and 26% of the transfer graduates felt additional help in job search methods would have eased their transition from college to work. The survey instrument and a breakdown of student outcomes by program are included. (HB)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Majors (Students), Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Salaries, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saint Louis Community Coll. at Forest Park, MO.