ERIC Number: ED309808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-1
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of Dietetic Tech Graduates 1986 and 1987 [and] 1983 and Prior. Volume XVII, Number 4.
In spring 1988, a study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), Illinois, to gather follow-up information about graduates of the college's Dietetic Technician program. Questionnaires were mailed to the 16 students who graduated from the program in 1986 and 1987 and to the 76 former students who graduated prior to 1984. Information was requested on the graduates' employment and educational status, salary, experiences in finding their present job, relationship between their job and training, job satisfaction, professional activities, certification status, job duties and assessment of training to perform those duties, and work history. Study findings, based on a 75% response rate from the 1986 and 1987 graduates and a 68% response rate from the prior graduates, included the following: (1) among the pre-1984 graduates, over 75% were currently employed in a field related to dietetic technology and had been employed in those jobs for an average of just under 4 years; (2) of the 1986 and 1987 graduates, all were currently employed and 75% were working in a field related to their training; (3) the major source for finding a job for the 1986 and 1987 graduates was a newspaper ad, while in previous studies, the major placement resource was the coordinator of the Dietetic Technician program; (4) the graduates' salaries tended to be below those of other career alumni, however, all were very satisfied with their jobs; (5) graduates reported that they were very well prepared in the skill areas corresponding to the duties they most frequently performed; and (6) 25% of the recent graduates and 26% of the pre-1984 graduates had continued their education after leaving WRHC. The survey instrument is attached. (AYC)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, College Graduates, Community Colleges, Dietitians, 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.