ERIC Number: ED318510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Results of the 1988 Graduate Follow-Up Survey & Graduate Employer Survey.
O'Grady, Laurie T.
A follow-up survey was administered to all 1988 Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) graduates in order to evaluate the degree to which AACC assisted its students in achieving their goals. The second phase was a survey which solicited information from the employers of the graduates. Survey findings were used to compare AACC to other Maryland community colleges of the same size and with state norms. The phase 1 surveys were mailed to all 752 1988 AACC graduates. Survey findings, based on a 64% response rate, included the following: (1) 96% of the respondents rated the overall quality of AACC as good or very good, a higher percentage than peer colleges and the state average; (2) when asked if they would attend the same school again, 95% indicated they definitely or probably would; (3) reasons for attending AACC were to prepare for transfer to a four-year school (68%), earn an associate in arts degree (79%), and obtain a salary increase or job promotion (43%); and (4) more AACC graduates reported continuing their education at another college or university (53%) than did graduates from peer colleges (49%) and graduates from the rest of the state community colleges (43%). Of the 120 graduate employer surveys mailed, 50 were returned. Responses indicated that 96% considered the AACC graduates' overall preparation for employment as good or very good, which was the highest percentage among the state peer colleges. The graduates' specific program of study was an important or very important hiring factor for 62% of the respondents. Data tables, survey instruments, and employers' responses are appended. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Anne Arundel Community Coll., Arnold, MD.