ERIC Number: ED280514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Graduate Follow-Up Survey Report, Spring 1986. Research Report 2.
Montemayor, J. Joaquin; And Others
In September 1986, a graduate follow-up survey was conducted at Mesa (Arizona) Community College (MCC) to determine graduates' perceptions of the college, and transfer and employment experiences. Study findings, based on responses from 336 graduates, included the following: (1) graduates gave the highest ratings to quality of instruction, class size, instructor interest, and the adult/re-entry program; and the lowest ratings to job placement, counseling, and student activities; (2) about 24% of the occupational students and 66% of the academic students were attending another school at the time of the survey; (3) about 21% of the graduates reported having trouble transferring, with most of the problems related to the transfer of credit or transcript difficulties; (4) 55% of the transfers categorized themselves as seniors or graduate students at the transfer institution, 68% were full-time students, and 81% rated their preparation at MCC as satisfactory or excellent; (5) for the 97 employed graduates, the average monthly salary was $1,857; (6) academic graduates tended to rate their MCC coursework higher than occupational graduates; and (7) of the employed graduates who were not working in the field for which they were trained, 23% reported that they could not find a job in that field, and 24% said that they preferred to work or found a better paying job in another field. A discussion of the usefulness of value-added data is included in the study report. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mesa Community Coll., AZ. Office of Research and Development.