ERIC Number: ED301280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Survey of PVCC Graduates of the Class of 1986-1987. Research Report Number 9-88.
Head, Ronald B.
In the winter and spring of 1988, a graduate survey was conducted at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) to determine graduates' employment and education activities and the impact PVCC had on their further education or careers. Surveys were mailed to all 227 students who graduated from PVCC in 1986-87, requesting information on the jobs the graduates had obtained, the schools they were attending, their salaries and job satisfaction, and their evaluation of PVCC. Major findings, based on a 61.2% response rate, included the following: (1) over 60% of the respondents were employed in full-time jobs related to their field of study; (2) 56.6% of the employed graduates were satisfied with their current job, and an additional 27.4% were very satisfied; (3) the average annual salary of the respondents was $18,933, with a range between $1,702 and $50,000; (4) over 90% believed that PVCC provided them with "excellent" or "good" academic preparation for their jobs, and almost all felt that they were as well prepared or better prepared than other new employees in their fields; (5) 33 PVCC graduates had transferred to four-year colleges and most were in good academic standing at the time of the survey; and (6) 87.5% of the transfer students believed that PVCC provided "excellent" or "good" academic preparation for transfer. Appendixes provide the survey instrument and selected comments by respondents. (AJL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Educational Benefits, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Institutional Evaluation, Job Satisfaction, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Salaries, Student Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.
Note: Also included is a summary of the report, PVCC Institutional Research Brief No. 88-13.