ERIC Number: ED263326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Three-Year Longitudinal Follow-up Study of Wisconsin VTAE Graduates of 1980-81. Report of Data from Twelve VTAE Districts.
Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
A three-year longitudinal followup mail survey of the 1980-81 graduates of 12 cooperating districts of the Wisconsin Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education (VTAE) was conducted beginning in the summer of 1984. The purpose of the survey was to determine and analyze changes in selected circumstances that may have occurred over the three-year period. The study found that although changes occurred in employment status for many persons, with few exceptions, there were only slight differences in total aggregate data between the six-month and the three-year survey. There was a noticeable increase in average monthly salaries over the three-year period. Some of the major conclusions were the following: (1) the percent of graduates in the labor force increased from 89 percent at the six-month survey to 93 percent at the three-year survey; (2) the number of graduates employed in fields related to training declined slightly over the three-year period from 83 percent to 78 percent, while the rate of those employed in unrelated fields increased correspondingly; (3) about a third of those unemployed in 1984 were also unemployed in 1981; (4) average monthly salaries increased by 20 to 40 percent over the three-year period; (5) 40 percent of the respondents had taken additional career-related courses, and 13 percent had obtained another educational degree or diploma or certification in business or industry; (6) the former graduates had averaged almost two jobs and one promotion over the three-year period; and (7) most of the graduates thought that vocational-technical education was important to their beginning careers and would recommend it to their friends. (The report contains numerous tables of statistics gathered during the survey.) (KC)
Descriptors: Career Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Employment Level, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Graduates, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, State Programs, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.