ERIC Number: ED328304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-15
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1988 Harper Career Alumni. Volume XVIII, No. 11.
Lucas, John A.; Meltesen, Cal
As part of an ongoing evaluation of the career programs at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), a follow-up study of 1988 career alumni was conducted and results were compared with previous years. Questionnaires were sent to 517 students who earned 48 or more hours during the 1987-88 academic year at WRHC. Study findings, based on a 75% response rate, included the following: (1) as in the 1986 study, nursing and data processing were the two largest majors, involving 27% of the respondents; (2) 62.8% of the career alumni were employed full time; (3) 27% of the respondents were employed part time, the highest percentage in any of the WRHC studies; (4) 69% of the respondents had obtained a degree or certificate from WRHC; (5) 51% of those not obtaining a degree were still at Harper College, the highest percentage since the 1980 class; (6) 2% were unemployed and seeking employment, while 64% were employed in a field that was either closely related or identical to their major at WRHC; (7) 30% were working in health-related fields, while 10% were in clerical or office-related jobs; (8) of those not employed in their field of study, 15% said they could not find a job in their field and 38% were in transition at a temporary job; (9) over 80% of the services and programs offered by WRHC received an improved alumni rating over previous years; and (10) the mean salary of those career alumni working full-time was $24,034, an increase of 21% over the prior study. Detailed findings and the survey instrument are included. (GFW)
Descriptors: Alumni, College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, 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.