ERIC Number: ED311957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of 1988 Community College Graduates.
Catonsville Community Coll., MD. Office of Institutional Research.
Every two years, community college graduates throughout Maryland are surveyed in the spring following their graduation to gather information about their experiences in college and their subsequent educational and employment activities. Of the 756 students who graduated from Catonsville Community College (CCC) in 1987-88, 41% responded to the spring 1989 survey. Study findings, based on responses from CCC graduates, graduates from comparably sized community colleges in Maryland, and community college graduates statewide, included the following: (1) a larger percentage of CCC graduates were in transfer programs than at comparable colleges; (2) 11% of the graduates were still enrolled at CCC in spring 1989; (3) on their admissions applications, 26% of the graduates indicated that they came to CCC to prepare for a career, 18% to update skills, and 30% to prepare for transfer; (4) on the graduate survey, 24% indicated that preparing for job entry was their primary reason for coming to CCC, 9% said updating skills was most important to them, and 28% indicated that they had come to prepare for transfer; (5) 81% indicated that their writing skills had improved because of their attendance at CCC, almost two-thirds said that their appreciation of art, music, or literature was enhanced, and almost 75% had increased their mathematics skills; (6) 50% of the graduates had taken courses at another college since attending CCC, and 76% of those graduates rated their preparation for transfer as "very good" or "good"; and (7) 88% of the graduates were employed full or part time when surveyed, and 79% were working in a job directly or somewhat related to their major at CCC. The survey instrument and responses to open-ended questions are attached. (VVC)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, State Surveys, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Catonsville Community Coll., MD. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland