ERIC Number: ED328307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-24
Six-Year Follow-Up Study of 1981-1983 Transfer Alumni, Career Alumni and Stopouts. Volume XIX, No. 3.
Lucas, John A.; Meltesen, Cal
In 1989, a follow-up study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) of alumni and dropouts 6 to 7 years after they had left WRHC. The study sought to provide a general assessment of the long-term impact of WRHC on its students. The target population was composed of all 1981 and 1983 transfer alumni, all 1982 career alumni, and a sample of dropouts from the 1981 school year. Alumni were defined as students who had accumulated 48 or more hours before leaving WRHC, while dropouts were defined as those who left WRHC before accumulating 48 hours. From the target population of 2,645 students, 746 responses were obtained for a 28% response rate. Study findings included the following: (1) 31% of the 1982 career alumni were employed in medical fields, a 10.5% increase over the 1977-78 cohort studied previously; (2) unemployment was very low for all groups, averaging 1.2% or lower; (3) 77% of the transfer alumni, 73% of the career alumni, and 15% of the dropouts eventually attained an associate degree at Harper; (4) stopouts maintained high-level jobs and earned an average annual salary of $32,300; (5) since leaving WRHC, 80% of the transfer alumni, 50% of the career alumni, and 10% of the dropouts had attended another college; (6) transfer alumni were successful in transferring 91% of their courses to four-year institutions; and (7) in ratings of help received at WRHC, managerial skills received the lowest ratings, while increased self-confidence was rated highest by all groups. Data tables, sample narrative responses, and the survey instrument and cover letter are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Alumni, College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Stopouts, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.