ERIC Number: ED345821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Five-Year Follow-Up Report: A Survey of 1985-1986 Graduates.
Von Wald, Stephen C.
In 1991, a survey was mailed to Arrowhead Community College Region (Minnesota) students who had graduated during the 1985-86 academic year. Of the 750 graduates that year, 213 responded. Survey findings, based on this 28.4% response rate, included the following: (1) 44.6% of the respondents had earned a bachelor's degree, 4.2% had earned a master's degree, and one graduate was pursuing doctoral studies; (2) 52.1% had earned additional higher education credits since they graduated; (3) more than three-quarters of the responding graduates worked 40 or more hours per week, while another 18.4% worked 20 to 39 hours per week, together accounting for 95% of all respondents; (4) monthly gross pay was between $1,000 and $1,999 for 46% of the respondents and between $2,000 and $2,999 for 30% of the respondents; (5) among graduates whose highest degree was an associate degree or one-year certificate, those who earned more than $3,000 per month were employed in the fields of accounting and registered nursing; (6) graduates with a bachelor's degree, earning more than $3,000 per month, were working in consulting or computing, or were self-employed, with computer programming and computer engineering garnering the highest salaries (more than $6,000 per month); (7) at the master's degree level, no graduates indicated they were earning more than $3,000 per month; (8) 89% of the graduates indicated that they went to work for their current employer after they graduated from an Arrowhead college; (9) 65% indicated that their community college education was either directly or closely related to their present job; and (10) 75% said they did not use college job placement services. The questionnaire is attached. (JMC)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Degrees (Academic), Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Status Comparison, Employment, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Questionnaires, Salaries, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arrowhead Community Coll. Region, Grand Rapids, MN.