ERIC Number: ED270196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up Study of 1983 Harper Transfer Alumni. Research Report Series Volume XIV, No. 8.
Lucas, John A.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to gather follow-up data on transfer-oriented students 1 year after they had accumulated at least 48 hours of credit at WRHC. All 824 alumni meeting these criteria were mailed a survey form asking about their current status, their evaluation of WRHC, and their activity pattern while at WRHC. Study findings, based on an 83% response rate, included the following: (1) 29% of the respondents were employed full-time, and 74% were in college (59% full-time, 15% part-time); (2) 16% were still enrolled at WRHC; (3) among those who had left WRHC, 69% had transferred to another college and 55% remained in fields closely related to their WRHC major either on their present job or in their major field at their new college; (4) only 55% of the total group had earned an associate degree; (5) respondents reported receiving the most benefit from attending WRHC in the areas of broadening their horizons and increasing maturity and self-confidence; (6) the grade point averages of transfer alumni remained fairly stable after transferring, and was comparable to that of other community college transfers and native four-year college students; and (7) survey respondents rated WRHC much higher in a number of areas than past alumni. The study report includes extensive data tables and the survey instrument. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.