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ERIC Number: ED349045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of Journalism Students--1985-1990. Volume XX, No. 8.
Havlic, S.; And Others
As part of the overall evaluation of its journalism program, William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), in Palatine, Illinois, conducted a follow-up survey of students who had completed three or more journalism courses between 1985 and 1990 to determine current activities and perceptions of the program. Questionnaires were mailed to all 80 participants, yielding a 64% response rate. Study findings included the following: (1) compared to the general student population, former journalism students were high achievers and remained at WRHC longer; (2) while 60% of the respondents intended to attain an associate degree, 48% actually earned one; (3) 53% of the respondents were employed full-time, 33% were employed part-time, and only 4% of the unemployed were searching for employment; (4) 45% of those employed were in a field related to journalism, a figure slightly lower than the average for career alumni; (5) the average salary of those employed in journalism-related fields was $24,300, a figure considerably higher than their starting salary of $18,600, but slightly under the average salary for career alumni; (6) 44% of the employed respondents found their jobs on their own, 15% had the assistance of relatives and friends, and 15% were still employed with the same firm they worked for when they entered WRHC; (7) 3 in 5 respondents reported having met or being very close to meeting their career goals; and (8) 61% had continued their education, with 29% having achieved at least a bachelor's degree. The study report includes student comments and the questionnaire. (MAB)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Job Placement, Journalism, Journalism Education, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Relevance (Education), Salaries, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Attitudes, 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.