ERIC Number: ED252262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Geographic Mobility of Postsecondary Occupational Education Graduates.
Winter, Gene M.; Fadale, LaVerna M.
A research project was conducted to determine where graduates of two-year college occupational programs in New York State found employment and to assess factors that contributed to placement trends. During fall 1982, questionnaires were mailed to the director of placement at all two-year colleges with approved occupational programs in the state, requesting job placement data by occupational program title and by sex and asking placement officers for their interpretation of locally relevant employment opportunities, on-campus recruitment, and graduate employers. Study findings, based on responses from 52% (N=28) of the colleges surveyed, included the following: (1) 44.1% of the program graduates were employed in the sponsor area, 24.4% in the college's planning region, 15% in a contiguous planning region, 8.8% in a non-contiguous region, and 8.0% out-of-state; (2) when compared with agricultural and technical colleges and independent colleges, community colleges exhibited higher placement rates within their sponsor area; (3) geographic concentration of employment opportunities in various fields and the extent of on-campus recruitment were active factors in graduate mobility; (4) a large majority of the placement officers felt that graduates' county of origin was an important factor in the employment decisions of at least half of the students; and (5) few gender-related mobility trend differences were found. The study report includes a breakdown of survey responses by program and region, and the survey instruments. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Grants Administration.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Development Center.
Identifiers - Location: New York