ERIC Number: ED312003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Student Outcomes: Annual Summary Report.
Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research.
Each year a study is conducted at Prince George's Community College (PGCC) to update student outcomes data using quantifiable measures of student achievement. Data for the 1989 study were obtained from the college's student information system, the University of Maryland (UM) system, and surveys of all 825 fiscal year 1988 graduates and 118 of their employers. Responses were returned from 52% of the graduates and 66% of the employers. Study findings included the following: (1) 90% of the 1988 graduates of PGCC health technology programs were employed in fields related to their majors, compared to only 50% of the criminal justice and paralegal studies graduates; (2) the four occupational programs with less than 60% job placement rates had fairly high rates of student transfer to four-year colleges; (3) over 75% of the graduates of nursing and allied health occupations programs passed their certification exams the first time, including 100% of the nuclear medicine and radiography graduates and 78% of the nursing graduates; (4) 81.3% of PGCC's graduates rated their preparation for employment as "very good" or "good," compared to 72.1% of the graduates of similarly sized colleges and 75.1% of the community college graduates statewide; (5) the job preparation of 89% of the graduates was rated as "very good" or "good" by their employers; (6) 69% of the graduates of transfer programs were attending a four-year institution when surveyed; (7) the number of PGCC graduates who transferred to UM decreased from 288 in fall 1985 to 199 in fall 1988; and (8) student ratings of PGCC's general education program indicated that it was most successful in enhancing students' self-confidence and enjoyment of learning and least successful in increasing students' knowledge of fine arts and history. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research.