ERIC Number: ED256429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-18
Follow-Up Survey of Students Who Received a Degree or Certificate from Napa Valley College in the 1983-1984 Academic Year.
In winter 1983, a survey of Napa Valley College (NVC) graduates was conducted to determine the percentage of 1983-84 graduates who achieved their goal by the time they left NVC; graduate satisfaction with instructional quality and with the overall quality of NVC; graduate satisfaction with employment or transfer preparation; employment patterns; and salaries. Each of the 391 students who received a degree or certificate from NVC during 1983-84 and for whom addresses were available were mailed a questionnaire. Study findings, based on a 61% response rate, included the following: (1) 94% of the graduates were either employed (57%) or attending college (37%); (2) 46% of the respondents had originally attended NVC to prepare for immediate entry into a career, while 32% had attended to prepare for transfer to a four-year college; (3) 86% of the graduates felt that their primary educational goal had been achieved; (4) of those degree recipients who did not feel that their educational objectives had been achieved, 45% reported that they needed additional courses to pursue a new career or academic interest; and (5) 87% of the transfer students remained in a field at least somewhat related to their NVC major, with 75% of the transfer students indicating that they were satisfied with their preparation. Recommendations for strengthening the educational programs and services of the college are included. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Napa Valley Coll., Napa, CA.