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ERIC Number: ED296520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun-30
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
The Effect of Postsecondary Education on the Occupational Attainments of Deaf Adults.
Welsh, William A.; Walter, Gerard G.
This study examined the work force attainments of three groups of deaf adults: persons with no college degrees, persons with sub-Baccalaureate degrees, and persons with Bachelor degrees. Data were derived from the "Alumni Feedback Questionnaire" of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and from the "Secondary School Graduate Follow-up Program for the Deaf." They were compared on the following variables: unemployment rate, socioeconomic status, and vertical mobility. Results showed that deaf adults with degrees fared much better in the work force than did deaf high-school graduates in a number of ways: (1) Their unemployment rates were substantially lower. (2) They were employed much more often in managerial/professional occupations, indicating that deaf people increased their employment in white collar careers as they attained higher degrees. (3) They earned significantly higher wages over the course of a lifetime. In the area of upward mobility, a degree appeared not to make as much difference. Deaf adults without college degrees and those with Bachelor degrees showed little vertical mobility; those with sub-Bachelor degrees showed some gains over a 15-year period, probably due to entering occupational areas with career ladders. (Author/JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rochester Inst. of Technology, NY. National Technical Inst. for the Deaf.
Note: For related documents, see EC 210 285-290.