ERIC Number: ED285611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up of 1985 Graduates. Research Report Number 47.
Novak, Virginia E.
A study was conducted at Howard Community College (HCC) to provide descriptive data, including demographic characteristics, on all 1984-85 HCC graduates, and to gather information on their employment and transfer status and satisfaction with HCC six months after graduation. Study findings, based on responses from 152 of the 252 graduates, included the following: (1) demographically, the composition of graduates was 59% female and 19% minority, with a median age of 28 years; (2) the most common reasons given for enrolling at HCC continued to be convenient location, programs offered, and low tuition; (3) upon entering HCC, 82% of all graduates intended to pursue a degree, while the others came to take a course; (4) the HCC graduates who had transferred to other institutions and those who were employed full-time reported a very high level of satisfaction with their preparation at HCC; (5) of the 39% of the students whose goal in attending HCC was to prepare for employment, 87% had jobs 6 months after graduating; (6) 94% of the working graduates were employed in Maryland, including 44% who were working in Howard County; and (7) 97% of the transfer students were satisfied with their preparation at HCC, with 84% reporting a grade point average of 2.5 or better at the transfer school. Data is displayed by means of 27 charts. The survey instrument is appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD. Office of Research and Planning.