ERIC Number: ED296752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Howard Community College Follow-Up of 1986 Graduates. Research Report Number 52.
Novak, Virginia E.
In March 1987, Maryland's Howard Community College (HCC) conducted a follow-up survey of 1986 graduates to assess former students' perceptions of the college with respect to the achievement of their transfer and employment preparation goals. Questionnaires were mailed to 273 former students who had received an associate degree or certificate between July 1985 and June 1986, requesting information on their current employment/educational status, original educational goals and their attainment, influences on college choice, ratings of HCC, attendance patterns, and transfer experiences. Study findings, based on a 61% response rate, included the following: (1) two-thirds of all graduates were enrolled in programs designed to prepare them for immediate entry into a career, while one-third were in transfer programs; (2) Nursing, with 25% of the graduates, continued to be the most popular program; (3) 68% of the graduates were women, 19% were minority, and their median age was 29; (4) the reasons most frequently given for enrolling at HCC were convenient location, academic programs offered, and low cost; (5) the overall quality of the college and the quality of instruction were given ratings of very good or good by more than 85% of the respondents; (6) at the time of the survey, 83% of the respondents were employed and 42% were attending college; and (7) of the graduates whose goal was to prepare for employment, 97% had jobs and earned an average annual salary of $20,740. The survey instrument is appended. (MDB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD. Office of Research and Planning.