ERIC Number: ED295716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct-12
Follow-Up Study of Former Students of the Data Processing Program. Volume XVI, No. 3.
Rilki, Ernest; Lucas, John A.
In spring 1987, a follow-up survey was conducted of former William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) students who had taken five or more data processing courses at the college between 1980 and 1986. The survey focused on the students' employment status and educational intent while attending WRHC, their present employment situation, and their evaluation of the Data Processing Program. After two mailings of the survey instrument and a prompting telephone call, 57% of the 392 target students responded. Study findings included the following: (1) 86% of the respondents were employed full time while enrolled at WRHC, and 38% were employed in a data processing or related field; (2) although 69% expected to obtain a new job in the field as a result of completing the program, only 28% actually obtained a new job in data processing, while 32% remained with the same company; (3) at the time of the survey, 64% were working in a field related to data processing, earning an average annual salary of $26,000; (4) in general, full-time faculty were rated better than part-time faculty; (5) the five highest rated data processing courses dealt with spreadsheets for microcomputers, advanced assembler, decision support for microcomputers, computer logic and programming technology, and advanced COBOL; and (6) one-third of the respondents said they would like to take additional data processing seminars, courses, or workshops at WRHC. Detailed survey results, including responses to open-ended questions, and the survey instrument are appended. (MDB)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Data Processing, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Salaries, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.