ERIC Number: ED258665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-10
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Employment Experiences of Community College Vocational Program Graduates: A Review of Institutional Follow-Up Studies.
This paper reviews a sample of follow-up studies conducted by community colleges to determine the employment experiences of occupational program graduates. Part I discusses the types of follow-up studies conducted, including institutional follow-up studies of graduates from individual vocational programs, of all vocational graduates, and of vocational graduates and their employers; and statewide follow-up studies of community college vocational graduates. A discussion of the limitations of these studies follows, focusing on the one-shot nature of their designs; failure to control for respondent bias; absence of control groups; lack of control for prior employment experience; infrequent disaggregation of findings by program; and inconsistency in data collection efforts among cooperating colleges. Part II summarizes the findings of studies as they relate to employment rates of graduates, the relationship between graduates' employment and their community college training, further education taken by graduates, graduates' satisfaction with their training at college, and employer assessment of graduates as employees. Finally, Part III proposes a centrally-coordinated statewide research effort as a means of improving understanding of the relationship between community college vocational education and employment. (Author/LAL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Graduate seminar paper, University of California at Los Angeles.