ERIC Number: ED314136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up of 1984 Entrants. Research Report Number 60.
Seboda, Barbara L.
In 1988, a follow-up mail survey was conducted of 1984 entrants at Howard Community College (HCC) in Maryland to determine their educational and career achievements subsequent to their community college experience and to assess the effectiveness of the college from the students' perspective. Questionnaires were sent to all 1,160 student who entered HCC for the first time in fall 1984. Usable responses were received from 183 former students, for an adjusted response rate of 23%. Males and minorities were relatively under-represented in the respondent sample. Major survey findings were as follows: (1) 65.3% of the respondents entered HCC with a high school diploma, 9.5% had a college certificate or an associate (AA) degree, 5.9% had a bachelor's degree, and 8.3% had an advanced degree; (2) transfer to a four-year college was reported by almost one-third of the respondents as their most important reason for attending HCC, and a variety of job-related motives accounted for another two-fifths of the respondents; (3) 70% of the survey sample had attended part-time; (4) almost equal percentages listed completing courses (37%) and earning an AA degree (35%) as their initial educational goals; (5) three-fifths indicated that they were very successful in reaching their goal, and two-thirds indicated that the HCC courses were very helpful in achieving that goal; (6) college attributes were rated good to very good by over 75% of the respondents were lab equipment, class scheduling, faculty availability/helpfulness, overall quality of college, and quality of instruction; (7) almost 45% of the respondents started their current job after leaving HCC; and (8) among transfer students, one-fifth had completed a bachelor's degree. The survey instrument is appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD.