ERIC Number: ED328331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Program Review: A Longitudinal Study of Associate in Science Degree Programs, 1983-84 through 1988-89.
In 1989, a longitudinal study was conducted of Associate in Science (A.S.) degree programs at Miami-Dade Community College from 1983-84 through 1988-89. A.S. program review standards set by the State of Florida require that 70% of program graduates either have found employment utilizing their education or be in the process of continuing their education at an institution of higher learning. Sources of data on graduates included state-level employment, university enrollment, and defense department information; a mailed survey of graduates; program managers' input; a survey of prospective graduates applying for graduation; job placement officers; and telephone interviews with employers. Study findings included the following: (1) the overall rate of positive placements for A.S. graduates climbed to a high of 89% for 1987-88 graduates, with this figure rising to 94.6% with the deletion of those of unknown status; (2) in comparing programs on the 70% placement criterion in 1984-85 against 1987-88, 12 (27%) of the programs improved while 4 of the programs that passed in 1984-85 failed to meet standards in 1987-88; (3) 18% of 1987-88 A.S. graduates were continuing their education; (4) 67% of the 1987-88 A.S. graduates in early childhood education, 61% in vision care technology, and 53% in aviation and allied studies were continuing their education; (5) as a group, health programs surpassed the overall placement rate of 89%, as did the law enforcement (99% successfully placed) and fire science technology (100% successfully placed); and (6) Hispanic, White, and Black A.S. graduates experienced equally high successful placement rates. Attached appendixes provide the data gathering methodology and explain the levels of program review. (JMC)
Descriptors: Accountability, Associate Degrees, College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Job Placement, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.