ERIC Number: ED348127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1990 Harper College Career Alumni. Volume XX, No. 11.
Lucas, J.; Meltesen, C.
As part of an ongoing evaluation of the career programs at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), in Palatine, Illinois, a follow-up study of 1990 career alumni was conducted and results were compared with previous years. Questionnaires were sent to 599 students who had earned 48 or more hours during the 1989-90 academic year at WRHC. Study findings, based on a 77% response rate, included the following: (1) as in the two previous studies, nursing was the largest major, involving 22% of the respondents; (2) 58.9% of the career alumni respondents were employed full-time; (3) 83% of respondents were employed, with 70% holding jobs at a starting professional level or better; (4) 63.6% of respondents were employed in a field that was identical or closely related to their major at WRHC; (5) the average alumni salary was $25,252, up 5% from the 1988 alumni; (6) close to half of the career alumni were presently attending school, in contrast to one-third of previous years' respondents; (7) transfer students' grade point average (GPA) at their new institution was about equal to their GPA at WRHC (3.07 compared to 3.03); (8) 55% of transfer students had earned a GPA over 2.99 at WRHC, while 69% had earned a GPA of 2.99 or higher at their new school; (9) 1990 alumni did not rate courses as highly as past alumni, but nursing, English, business, data processing, accounting, and biology courses were well rated; and (10) consistent with previous surveys, teaching faculty received good ratings. Detailed findings and the survey instrument are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Alumni, College Graduates, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, 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.