ERIC Number: ED348124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of Former Computer Information Systems Students, 1986-1990. Volume XX, No. 6.
Bender, Virginia; And Others
In fall 1991, a follow-up study was conducted of former Computer Information System (CIS) program students at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), in Palatine, Illinois, in an effort to evaluate and provide future direction for the program. All students who had taken four or more CIS courses between summer 1986 and spring 1990, but were not enrolled by fall 1991 were mailed surveys. Study findings, based on a 73% response rate (n=227), included the following: (1) while attending WRHC, 35% of respondents had worked full-time, and 9% had worked part-time in the CIS field, while 17% had not been employed; (2) upon leaving WRHC, 44% remained with the same employer, 17% took new positions in the CIS field, 17% continued their education, and 12% took jobs outside the CIS field; (3) 60% were currently working directly in the CIS field, and many of those employed in other fields were using computer skills in their jobs; (4) the average salary of respondents was $31,000, well above the $26,500 average for WRHC's career alumni; (5) upon entering WRHC, 42% of the respondents had intended to earn a certificate or an associate degree, and 40% ultimately did graduate from the college; (6) nearly 90% indicated that the CIS courses or program had a positive effect on their present job or educational situation; and (7) there appeared to be a good market for continuing education offerings among former CIS students. Detailed results and the survey instrument are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Computer Science Education, Data Processing Occupations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Job Skills, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Relevance (Education), Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.