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ERIC Number: ED250034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-1
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up of Occupational Students Enrolled at Harper College, 1982-1983. Volume XIII, No. 4.
Lucas, John A.
In 1984, a follow-up study was conducted of degree-oriented, vocational students who were enrolled at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) during 1982-83 and who were no longer enrolled in 1983-84. The study sample included 832 students who received a degree or certificate, 1,150 students who left WRHC before graduating, and 700 employers of students who were employed in a field related to their college major. Study findings, based on telephone interviews with 85.9% of the program completers, 62.4% of the program leavers, and 77.9% of the employers, included the following: (1) more than 80% of WRHC's occupational students became employed in their first year after leaving the college, and 68% found employment in fields related to their major; (2) 90% of the former students working in a field related to their major were rated as very good or good by their employers in the areas of technical knowledge, work attitudes, work quality, and overall performance; (3) employers indicated that 55% of the former students were better prepared than other employees; (4) the average hourly rate earned by the former students was $8.60 per hour, with students who remained in their field earning an average of $1.60 per hour more; and (5) more than half of the students found their jobs either before coming to WRHC or while enrolled. The interview schedules are appended. (Author/LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.