ERIC Number: ED309811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May-30
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1988 Dental Hygiene Graduates. Volume XVII, No. 7.
Holt, Marianne; Flaherty, Toni
In 1989, a follow-up study was conducted of the 1988 graduates of William Rainey Harper College's (WRHC's) Dental Hygiene program in order to measure the quality of the program, explore the need for changes, and substantiate the program's goals for accreditation standards. A survey was mailed to all 27 associate degree graduates, 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 74% response rate, included the following: (1) 18 of the 20 respondents were employed in the dental hygiene field, with 13 working full time; (2) 58% were working in a job setting with only one practitioner, while 42% worked with more than one practitioner; (3) the respondents' search for employment typically involved three interviews, with 30% of the respondents using the local newspaper and 25% using WRHC's placement services to find their jobs; (4) only 5% of the graduates found employment through personal contacts, compared with 56% of the 1987 graduates; (5) 90% of the graduates were paid on an hourly basis, with a median wage of approximately $15 per hour; (6) among those employed in the dental hygiene field, 70% were very satisfied with their chosen profession; (7) graduates reported that they were very well prepared in the skill areas they performed most often; and (8) only three graduates were currently working toward an advanced degree, but 75% of the respondents intended to do so eventually. The survey instrument is attached. (ALB)
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.