ERIC Number: ED263954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Dec-2
Reference Count: N/A
Six Year Follow-Up Study of 1976-1978 Alumni and Stopouts. Research Report Series Volume XIV, No. 2.
Lucas, John A.
In summer 1984, a follow-up study was conducted in Illinois at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) of the stopouts and transfer and career program alumni who left WRHC between 1976 and 1978. The study sought to assess the long-term impact of WRHC on its students. A mailed survey and follow-up telephone calls to 1,294 former students yielded a 50% response rate. Study findings included the following: (1) 78.5% of the alumni and 76.5% of the stopouts were employed full-time; (2) unemployment rates for all groups were less than 3%; (3) 60% of the career alumni remained in fields closely related to their major at WRHC, compared to 38% of the transfer alumni and 33% of the stopouts; (4) about 10% to 15% of each group was enrolled in college at the time of the survey; (5) alumni had higher job levels and higher annual salaries than stopouts; (6) 81% of the transfer alumni and 43% of the other groups had attended another college; (7) 69% of transfer alumni achieved a bachelor's degree; (8) all groups said they received the least help from Harper in managerial skills; (9) classroom and clinical/internship experiences were considered the most helpful; and (10) a large number of former students indicated that they were willing to help WRHC in a variety of ways. Detailed results are presented in statistical tables; the survey form is appended. (LAL)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.