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ERIC Number: ED328306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep-28
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1989 Dental Hygiene Graduates. Volume XIX, No. 2.
Holt, Marianne; Lucas, John A.
In a continuing effort to measure the quality of their Dental Hygiene program, explore the need for changes, and substantiate the program's goals for accreditation standards, a follow-up study was conducted of the 1989 Dental Hygiene program graduates from William Rainey Harper College (WRHC). A survey was mailed to all 29 associate degree graduates, requesting information on their current employment and/or enrollment in school, employment search experience, salary/benefits, job satisfaction, job tasks, the quality of their WRHC preparation for those tasks, and suggestions for improving the WRHC program. Study findings, based on an 86% response rate, included the following: (1) all of the 25 respondents were employed in the dental hygiene field, with 16 working full time; (2) 46% of the respondents were working in a job setting with only one practitioner, while 54% worked with more than one practitioner; (3) respondents' search for employment typically involved 2.5 interviews, with 32% using the local newspaper and 68% using a personal contact; (4) 80% of the graduates were paid on an hourly basis, with a median wage of $16.75 per hour, or approximately $34,000 per year, up 10% from 1988 graduates; (5) 72% of the respondents were very satisfied with their chosen profession; (6) respondents reported being underprepared to perform 5 of the 34 skills for which they were trained, but in all cases the skill was seldom performed; and (7) while only three graduates were currently working toward an advanced degree, 50% declared intentions to do so. Detailed data tables and the survey instrument are included. (GFW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.