ERIC Number: ED349042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-28
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1989 Harper College Transfer Alumni. Volume XIX, No. 10.
Meltesen, Cal; Lucas, John A.
In an ongoing effort to evaluate how well William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), in Palatine, Illinois, prepares its students to transfer into baccalaureate programs, a survey was conducted of all 824 transfer-oriented students who had accumulated at least 48 semester hours of credit during the 1988-89 academic year. Study results, based on a 69% response rate, were compared with those from previous years. In addition, all transfer data sent to WRHC from senior institutions between 1979 and 1989 were analyzed. Study findings included the following: (1) 37% of the respondents were employed full-time, a decrease of 2% from the 1987 group; (2) 75% were enrolled in a college 1 year after leaving WRHC; (3) the percentage working while attending college had increased steadily, from 35.6% in 1981 to 45.2% in 1987 and 52.9% in 1989; (4) as in the past, most students who had transferred to senior institutions were business majors at both WRHC and their four-year school; (5) the percentage employed as unskilled laborers had decreased from 14% among 1987 alumni to 7.6%; (6) the average salary of alumni was $21,676; (7) 50.6% of the transferring alumni stated that all of their WRHC courses transferred; (8) 67% reported earning a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better at their four-year school; (9) as in the past eight studies, GPA's earned at four-year institutions (with the exception of the University of Illinois at Champaign) were higher than those earned at WRHC; (10) data from senior institutions revealed that the GPA's of WRHC transfer students were lower than those of other community college transfer students; and (11) transferring alumni rated all services at WRHC higher than those at their four-year institution. Narrative responses and the survey instrument are included. (MPH)
Descriptors: Alumni, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, 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.