ERIC Number: ED297805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Employer Survey Results for the PVCC Graduating Class of 1985-1986. Research Report Number 6-88.
Head, Ronald B.
In spring 1988, a survey was conducted of the employers of graduates of Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) to evaluate the occupational success of PVCC graduates and to determine how well academic programs prepare students for the work in various professions. On the graduate follow-up survey of the class of 1985-86, 85 graduates or 49.4% of all respondents gave permission for PVCC to contact their employers. Study findings, based on a 52.9% response rate, included the following: (1) nearly 75% of the employers rated the PVCC graduates as "excellent" or "good" with respect to technical job skills, quality and quantity of work, work attitudes, cooperation with fellow workers and supervisors; (2) there was only a slight correlation between employee job satisfaction and employer evaluations; (3) employers felt that PVCC graduates had better skills in math, writing, speaking, research and logic than most employees; (4) employers of 1985-86 graduates gave lower ratings to the graduates' general skills than the employers of 1984-85 graduates; and (5) the majority of the employers felt that PVCC was better than most institutions with respect to both occupational education and training and general education. Tables detailing responses, employer comments, and the survey instrument are appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.