ERIC Number: ED349074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Survey of PVCC Graduates of the Class of 1990-91. Research Report Number 5-92.
Head, Ronald B.
Since 1974, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) has conducted annual surveys of its graduates to obtain information on jobs, career satisfaction, transfer to other institutions, and the effect of PVCC on careers and further education. Findings from the survey of 1990-91 graduates, based on responses from 54.2% of the 240 alumni surveyed, included the following: (1) nearly 40% of respondents were employed full-time in jobs related to their fields of study at PVCC, and most were either very satisfied (29%) or satisfied (57%) with their current jobs; (2) the mean annual salary earned by respondents was $19,373; (3) females' salaries tended to be higher than males', minorities' higher than whites', and older respondents' higher than younger respondents'; (4) over 90% of respondents felt that PVCC provided excellent (26.8%) or good (68.3%) academic preparation for jobs; (5) almost all respondents felt that they were at least as well prepared as their fellow employees; (6) the most popular fields of study among transfer students were business-related; (7) the average grade point average of students attending a four-year institution was 2.894; (8) the vast majority of transfer students felt that PVCC had provided either excellent (31.4%) or good (57.1%) academic preparation for transfer; and (9) most PVCC graduates attending four-year institutions felt that the quality of instruction and grading practices were comparable at both schools, while PVCC students were less competitive, and PVCC faculty and staff were more friendly than their counterparts at the four-year institution. Extensive data tables, the survey instrument, cover letters, and selected respondent comments are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Job Satisfaction, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.