ERIC Number: ED321809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Howard Community College Follow-Up of 1988 Graduates. Research Report Number 66.
Frank, Jean M.
In 1989, a survey was conducted of all 266 students who had received an associate degree or certificate from Howard Community College (HCC) during fiscal year 1988. The purpose of the study was to evaluate programs and student services in the community colleges by collecting and analyzing data on the experiences and various outcomes of the colleges' graduates. Major findings, based on a 50% adjusted response rated, were as follows: (1) 95% of the respondents indicated that they had achieved their most important academic goal either completely or partly; (2) in ratings of various aspects of the college, the overall quality of the college, the quality of classroom instruction and math skills improvement received the highest positive responses; (3) 64% of the respondents who entered HCC with a goal of preparing for transfer achieved their goal within one year of graduating; (4) at their transfer institution, 88% of the respondents were enrolled in the same or a related field as their program at HCC, and 62% reported a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; (5) 86% rated HCC's transfer preparation as good or very good; (6) 95% reported having achieved their employment goals within a year after graduating from HCC; (7) over 75% of the employed respondents were working in the same or a related field as their HCC program; and (8) 17 out of 36 employers of 1988 graduates responded to a follow-up survey, and all rated HCC graduates as good or very good in their ability to learn. The graduate and employer survey questionnaires are attached. (JMC)
Descriptors: Career Choice, College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Personnel Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD.