ERIC Number: ED291453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1985 Harper Transfer Alumni. Volume XVI, No. 1.
Lucas, John A.
In 1986, a study was conducted at Illinois' William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to gather follow-up data on transfer-oriented students one year after they had accumulated at least 48 semester hours of credit at WRHC. All 634 alumni meeting these criteria were surveyed concerning their current education/employment status, their evaluation of WRHC, and their activity pattern while at WRHC. Study findings, based on a 75% response rate, included the following: (1) almost 41% of the transfer alumni were employed full time, in comparison to 30% of the respondents in previous surveys; (2) an all-time low of 63.5% were enrolled in college; (3) the jobs held by the alumni were for the most part office or clerical (15.3%), business or finance (14.6%), retail stores (10%), sales (8.1%), food service (7.8%), and health fields (7.6%); (4) the percentage of students transferring into engineering fields was 13.5% in comparison to previous years' averages ranging from 4% to 11%; (5) the 1985 alumni were less likely to transfer to a field similar to their WRHC major compared to past alumni; (6) since 1974, transfer students maintained or improved upon their WRHC grade point average at every institution except one; (7) the persistence rate of WRHC transfers (86%) was higher than the rates of other community college transfers or four-year college transfers, but lower than the rate of native students; and (8) alumni felt WRHC did the best job in broadening their horizons, increasing their maturity and self-confidence, and improving their communication skills. Detailed findings and the survey instrument are included. (UCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.