ERIC Number: ED328327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Regional Campuses Alumni Survey of 1987, 1988, and 1989 Associate Degree Recipients.
Knight, William E.
In 1990, a survey was conducted of alumni of the regional campuses (RC's) of Kent State University who received an associate degree in 1987, 1988, or 1989. Surveys were mailed to all 1,189 alumni, requesting information on their demographic characteristics, goals, education and employment experience, and satisfaction with the programs and services at the RC's. Study findings, based on a 30.5% response rate, included the following: (1) 66% of the respondents were female, 94% were white, 31% were between 31 and 40 years of age, 51% had been enrolled part time, and 89% were currently employed; (2) 24% of the respondents had enrolled at another college after completing their RC programs, though 48% indicated that their ultimate educational goal was to receive a bachelor's degree; (3) of the 189 respondents who evaluated the job preparation they received at the RC's, 32% gave the colleges an "excellent" rating, 39% said they had received "good" preparation, 24% felt they had gotten "adequate" preparation, and 5% felt their preparation was "inadequate"; (4) 92% of the respondents indicated that the ability to think critically was important in their current situation and, of these, 59% felt that the RC's had been effective in developing such skills; (5) engineering/technology, nursing, and business employed the largest percentages of alumni; (6) 76% of the alumni reported that their overall satisfaction with the RC's was "high" or "very high," although several respondents cited inadequacies in the career planning and career placement services; and (7) 20% of the respondents earned their associate degree in 2 years, while 33% took 3 years to complete their degree. Data tables, selected open-ended comments, and the survey instrument and cover letter are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Alumni, Ancillary School Services, Associate Degrees, College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Regional Campuses. Office of Academic Assessment and Evaluation Services.