ERIC Number: ED263968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Dec-10
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of Former Journalism Students, 1969-1984. Research Report Series Volume IV, No. 4.
Havlic, Susanne; And Others
As part of the overall evaluation of the journalism program at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Illinois, a follow-up survey of former students was conducted to determine current activities and perceptions of the program. Questionnaires were mailed to 236 of the 310 students who had, for the most part, passed three or more journalism classes, yielding a response rate of 52%. Study findings included the following: (1) after an average of 7 years since leaving WRHC, 70% of the respondents were employed full-time and another 16% were employed part-time; (2) among the employed respondents, 55% were working in a field at least closely related to journalism, as compared to the collegewide average of 69% for career alumni; (3) of the 57 working alumni who were not employed in a journalism-related field, 24 had once worked in the field and many commented that their journalism background had value for their present endeavor; (4) the average full-time annual salary of the journalism students was very similar to that of all career alumni; (5) 47.5% of the respondents indicated that they had not met their career goals at all; (6) 73.5% continued their education after leaving WRHC, and 49% had achieved a bachelor's degree; and (7) 66% of the employed respondents found their jobs on their own, as compared to 44% of the career alumni as a whole. The study report includes student comments and the questionnaire. (EJV)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Job Placement, Journalism, Journalism Education, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Self Evaluation (Groups), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.