ERIC Number: ED261626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-4
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Evaluating College Outcomes through Alumnae Studies: Measuring Post-College Learning and Abilities.
Giencke-Holl, Laura; And Others
Expectations of college seniors and their goal achievements after graduation were investigated. Also considered were: alumnae evaluations of the relationship of their college preparation to goal achievements; a comparison of career goals and decision-making at the time of the senior year and after graduation; whether alumnae use abilities learned in college on the job; and whether alumnae continue learning and if self-sustained learning is evident at work. Subjects consisted of 56 alumnae of a women's college who graduated in 1978, and 63 seniors from the 1980 graduating class. Both groups completed parallel forms of a questionnaire in spring 1980. Interviews with the 1978 graduates, administered when they were still in their senior year, were also compared to interviews conducted 2 years after graduation. It was found that seniors had higher career expectations than the alumnae were able to realize after 2 years, but the more experienced alumnae felt better prepared by their education than seniors did when they graduated. Both alumnae and seniors felt good about their achievements and the value of college in preparing them to meet their goals. Intellectual and interpersonal abilities are both mentioned as necessary for coping successfully with a range of situations. Student comments are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Achievement, Alumni, College Graduates, College Seniors, Education Work Relationship, Expectation, Females, Goal Orientation, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Occupational Aspiration, Outcomes of Education, Success
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