ERIC Number: ED357815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Student Outcomes via Follow-Up Survey: Training Effectiveness of Vancouver Community College.
As a means of obtaining information on educational outcomes and quality, Vancouver Community College (VCC) conducts annual follow-up surveys of former students, using one instrument for program completers and another for discontinuants (dropouts). For the 1990-91 survey, 3,685 graduates were surveyed 9 months after program completion, and 1,007 discontinuants were surveyed 1 month after a withdrawal record appeared in the students' record. The survey sought information on former students' characteristics, training-related work experience before coming to VCC, financial sources for education, main objective for enrolling in an occupational program at VCC, the extent to which students met their objectives, employment status/rate, reasons for unemployment, reasons for not being employed in training-related fields, quality of preparation for employment or transfer, usefulness of VCC training, quality of equipment, transfer problems, educational plans, and overall rating of VCC training. Study findings, based on responses from 32% of the program completers and 25% of the discontinuants, included the following: (1) 55% of the graduates attended VCC to learn the skills needed for a job, and 17% attended to improve existing job skills; (2) 91% felt their objectives were met by attending VCC; (3) 55% of the graduates were employed full-time 9 months after graduation, and another 26% were employed part-time; (4) 84% of the graduates sought employment related to their training; (5) of the unemployed graduates, 21% reported that they needed more education or training to obtain jobs; and (6) almost all respondents rated their training as either definitely worthwhile (67%) or worthwhile to some extent (30%). (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Vancouver Community Coll., British Columbia.