ERIC Number: ED328300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Feb-28
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1987 Harper Transfer Alumni. Volume XVIII, No. 7.
Meltesen, Cal; Lucas, John A.
In an effort to evaluate how well William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) prepares its students to transfer into baccalaureate degree programs, a survey was conducted of all 841 transfer-oriented students who reached 48 or more semester hours during the 1986-87 academic year. Students were asked about their current status, their evaluation of WRHC, and their activity pattern while at Harper. Results were compared with previous years' study results. Study findings, based on a 75% response rate, included the following: (1) 39% of the respondents were employed full-time, a decrease of 2% from the 1985 group; (2) 74% were enrolled in college a year after leaving WRHC, compared to 63.5% of the 1985 group; (3) most students who transferred to senior institutions were business majors while at WRHC; (4) 34% of the respondents who did not get a degree at WRHC stated that they preferred to transfer to another college; (5) 19.7% of the respondents were still enrolled at WRHC, the highest percentage since 1979; (6) 14% of the respondents were employed as unskilled labor, a noticeable increase from previous years; (7) the average salary of alumni was $20,765 per year; (8) 52.7% of the transferring alumni stated that all of their courses from WRHC were transferred to their four-year institutions; (9) 60% of the transfer students earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better at their four-year institutions; (10) as in previous years, the GPA's earned at four-year institutions were higher than those earned at Harper; and (11) most alumni considered WRHC very valuable as a stepping stone to a four-year college. Sample narrative responses to open-ended questions and the survey instrument are included. (GFW)
Descriptors: Alumni, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.