ERIC Number: ED352075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up of Career Program Completers: Class of 1990-91.
Conklin, Karen A.
In November 1991, a follow-up study was conducted of 514 former students of Johnson County Community College (JCCC), in Kansas, who had earned a career program degree or certificate in 1990-91, or had been identified as leaving the college with marketable skills. Of these, 480 completed mail or telephone surveys for a response rate of 93%. Respondents working in jobs related to their program of study identified 273 employers who were subsequently mailed surveys. A total of 213 employers completed usable surveys for a 78% response rate. Study findings included the following: (1) more women and older students, and respondents less satisfied with their jobs were represented in the initial mail survey as compared to the telephone follow-up surveys; (2) just 74% of 1991 completers were employed in jobs related to their program of study, compared to 82% in 1990, and 80% in 1988; (3) nearly 10% of the respondents were out of the labor market and pursuing additional education, up from 6% in 1990; (4) the average hourly wage reported by 1991 completers was $11.28, up from $10.67 in 1990; (5) while 87% indicated satisfaction with their current job, only 48% rated their advancement potential as "excellent," or "good"; (6) nearly 84% of the respondents indicated that their JCCC experience had enhanced their self-confidence; (7) over 90% of the respondents were satisfied with the quality of instruction, the facilities and equipment, and the course content at JCCC; and (8) 90% of the employers of career program completers expressed satisfaction with all facets of the preparation of their employee. Detailed data tables and the survey instruments are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Salaries, Student Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.