ERIC Number: ED326266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Follow-Up Survey of PVCC Graduates of the Class of 1988-89. Research Report Number 6-90.
Head, Ronald B.
Since 1974, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) has conducted annual surveys of its graduates to obtain information on jobs, career satisfaction, transfer to other institutions, and the impact of PVCC on careers and further education. Findings from the survey of 1988-89 PVCC graduates, based on responses from 54.2% of the 225 students who graduated that year, included the following: (1) slightly under one-half of respondents were employed in full-time jobs related to their fields of study at PVCC, and most were either very satisfied (27.2%) or satisfied (63%) with their current jobs; (2) the mean annual salary earned by respondents was $17,390; (3) most of the respondents believed that PVCC provided excellent (29.2%) or good (65.2%) academic preparation for jobs; (4) almost all respondents believed they were academically better (40.2%) or equally (56.1%) prepared in comparison with other new employees in the same career fields; (5) the average grade point average of respondents who were attending four-year colleges or universities was 3.19; (6) the majority of respondents who transferred to four-year institutions believed that PVCC provided excellent (51.2%) or good (43.9%) academic preparation for transfer; and (7) most PVCC graduates attending four-year institutions believed that the quality of instruction was equal to that received at PVCC. Twenty-four data tables, 10 figures, the survey instrument, cover letters, and selected respondent comments are provided. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Job Satisfaction, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.