ERIC Number: ED269118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-25
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up Survey of Students Who Received a Degree or Certificate from Napa Valley College in the 1984-85 Academic Year.
A survey was conducted of Napa Valley College (NVC) graduates who completed a degree or certificate program in the 1984-85 academic year. Surveys were sent to 320 graduates to determine what percentage achieved their educational goal by the time they left NVC; graduates' satisfaction with their NVC experience; the extent to which they took advantage of the resources available at NVC; and graduates' employment and transfer experiences. Study findings, based on a 56% response rate, included the following: (1) 89% of the graduates indicated that they were either employed on a full-time basis (50%) or were attending college (39%); (2) 37% stated that their primary reason for attending the college was to earn an associate degree and then transfer to a four-year college; (3) 90% indicated that they had achieved their major educational goal by the time they left NVC; (4) of the students who did not achieve their goal of transfer to a four-year college, 25% did not do so for financial reasons (25%) and 25% because they accepted a full-time job instead; and (5) 85% of the respondents felt that they were adequately prepared to succeed in the courses they took during their first year at NVC. Based on study findings, recommendations were developed for improving the image of the NVC, making information about financial aid more accessible to students, ensuring that students receive personal attention, improving students' college survival skills, and increasing student involvement in learning. The survey instrument is appended. (RO)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Educational Assessment, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Napa Valley Coll., Napa, CA.