ERIC Number: ED338284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparative Analysis of 1990 Graduates. Research Report Number 73.
Frank, Jean M.
In 1991, a mail survey was conducted of all students who received an associate degree or certificate from Howard Community College in Maryland (HCC) during fiscal year 1990. Telephone calls were made to those who did not return the survey, resulting in an adjusted response rate of 58%. A response rate of 52% was achieved for a subsequent survey of graduates' employers. Major study findings included the following: (1) in 1990, 207 associate degrees and 46 certificates were awarded to a total of 226 graduates; (2) 58% of all graduates were in transfer programs (with Arts and Sciences the most popular) and 45% were graduates of career programs (with Nursing the most popular); (3) the most prevalent personal goal of the graduates upon entering HCC was transfer to a four-year institution; (4) enhancement of self-confidence and increased enjoyment of learning were cited as HCC's major contributions to the graduates' personal development; (5) 67% of the respondents who entered HCC to prepare for transfer had achieved their goal within a year after graduating; (6) 82% of the HCC transfer students were enrolled in the same or a related field at the senior institution as at HCC; 73% reported a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; and 77% of the transfers rated HCC's transfer preparation as good or very good; (7) 96% of the respondents reported having achieved their employment goals within a year after graduating from HCC, 71% rated HCC's employment preparation as good or very good, and 23% e preparation as fair; and (8) 82% of the graduates' employers felt the match between education and job requirements was close, and 18% thought the program was somewhat related to the job requirements. Respondent comments and the survey instruments are attached. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Associate Degrees, Charts, College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD.