ERIC Number: ED309806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep-15
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1987 Dental Hygiene Graduates. Volume XVII, No. 2.
Holt, Marianne; Flaherty, Toni
In 1988, a follow-up study was performed of the 1987 graduates of the Dental Hygiene program of William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), in Illinois, in order to determine the quality of the program and the need for changes, and to substantiate the program's goals for accreditation standards. A survey was mailed to all of the 1987 dental hygiene associate degree graduates (N=25), requesting information on their current employment and/or enrollment in school, experiences in finding employment, salary and benefits, tasks performed on the job and quality of their preparation for performing them, level of satisfaction with their chosen profession and their WRHC training, and suggestions for improving the quality of the program. Study findings, based on a 72% response rate, included the following: (1) 16 of the 18 respondents were employed in the dental hygiene field, with 13 working full-time and 3 employed part-time; (2) 56% were working with more than one practitioner; (3) the respondents' search for employment typically involved two job interviews and respondents' personal contacts; (4) almost 70% of the respondents were paid on an hourly basis, with the median salary being $14 an hour and the median daily salary set at $120; (5) among those employed in dental hygiene, 50% were very satisfied with their chosen profession, while 96% were at least satisfied; (6) the respondents generally felt that they were very well prepared in the skill areas which they performed most often; (7) only one 1987 graduate was working toward an advanced degree, although 61% of the respondents intended to do so eventually; and (8) 17 of the 18 respondents indicated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their professional education. Data tables and the survey instrument are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, College Graduates, Community Colleges, Dental Hygienists, Graduate Surveys, Job Satisfaction, Job Search Methods, Job Skills, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Salaries, Student Attitudes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.
Note: For the 1988 follow-up report, see JC 890 380.