ERIC Number: ED336136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Employer Survey Results for the PVCC Graduating Class of 1988-89. Research Report 5-91.
Head, Ronald B.
In spring 1991, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) surveyed employers of the college's 1988-89 graduates to evaluate the occupational success of the graduates and to determine how well academic programs prepare students for work in various professions. In response to a previously conducted graduate follow-up, 62 graduates (50.8% of all respondents) had given the college permission to survey their employers. Surveys were sent to all 62 employers, requesting information on the graduates' job performance, general skills, and the training and education provided by PVCC. Study results, based on a 75.8% response rate, included the following: (1) approximately 75% of the employers rated PVCC graduates' job performance as either "excellent" or "good"; (2) 48.9% of the employers rated graduates' cooperation with fellow workers as "excellent," while 50% rated their cooperation with supervisors as "excellent"; (3) nearly 70% of the employers rated the PVCC graduates as "excellent" or "good" in research skills, logic skills, and math skills, while over 50% rated graduates' writing and speaking skills as "excellent" or "good"; (4) 5.4% of the employers rated the graduates' research skills as "poor"; and (5) nearly 75% of the employers felt that PVCC was better than most institutions with respect to both occupational education and training, and general education. Data tables providing employer evaluations by curricular program and degree received, open-ended employer comments, a list of graduate job titles, and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.