ERIC Number: ED331564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Graduate Employment: An Update Based on the 1989 Graduate Survey. Report RB91-9.
In spring 1990, a survey was conducted of the 1989 graduates of Prince George's Community College's (PGCCs) occupational programs to assess graduates' success in obtaining full-time employment and their ratings of their preparation for employment. The 1990 survey marked the second consecutive year during which the college included indicators designed to measure employment status while attending PGCC as well as one year after graduation. A questionnaire was mailed to all 896 students receiving an associate degree or certificate during fiscal year 1989. Study findings, based on a 47% response rate, included the following: (1) 89% of the respondents were employed, with 76% working full time; (2) 76% indicated that they were "very" or "somewhat" satisfied with their current job; (3) the largest occupational category into which respondents fell (28%) was "new collar," a new level between middle white collar and clerk/technician, mainly comprised of health services and computer-related occupations; (4) 49% of all respondents traced some definite positive career change back to their PGCC course of study; (5) 91% were employed at some level while attending PGCC, with 51% employed full time; (6) 78% gave PGCC credit for contributing to a career boost, such as obtaining a current job, getting a raise or promotion, improving specific job skills, or preparing for a new career; (7) 52% of the respondents either increased their work hours or changed from one full-time position to another after graduation; and (8) women and minority graduates appeared to share fully in the levels of career advancement success enjoyed by recent graduates. The survey instrument is attached. (JMC)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Employment, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Institutional Evaluation, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Student Employment, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research.