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ERIC Number: ED300074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Employer Evaluations of PGCC Graduates. Research Brief 89-1.
Clagett, Craig A.
Employers of occupational program graduates from Prince George's Community College (PGCC) are surveyed biennially to assess program effectiveness. In order for his/her employer to be included in the study sample, a graduate must have graduated from an occupational program, be employed full time at the time of the survey, hold a job directly or somewhat related to their college training, and have given researchers permission to survey his/her employer. In 1987, supervisors of 90 occupational graduates from the class of 1986 were surveyed to determine their perceptions of the graduates' preparation for employment. Study findings, based on a 48% response rate, included the following: (1) 95% rated the graduates' overall preparation as "very good" or "good"; (2) similarly high ratings were given to graduates' knowledge of specific technical job skills, ability to learn on the job, ability to solve job-related problems, oral communication skills, writing skills, and attitude toward work; (3) nearly 20% of the employers rated graduates' familiarity with equipment as "fair,""poor," or "very poor; and (4) only one employer said s/he would not hire another PGCC graduate of the same program. Data from the 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1986 graduate employer surveys show that PGCC graduates' employment preparation rated higher than the statewide average for community colleges in three of the four surveys. The survey cover letter and questionnaire are appended. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research.