ERIC Number: ED360014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Career Program Completers: Class of 1991-92.
Conklin, Karen A.
As a major component of Johnson County Community College's (JCCC's) annual institutional effectiveness assessment, follow-up studies are conducted of students completing a career program during the previous academic year and of their employers. In November 1992, surveys were mailed to 733 program completers, 489 of whom responded for a response rate of 85%. In addition, 257 employers were identified by respondents working in jobs related to their programs of study, 79.8% of whom (n=205) returned usable questionnaires. Study findings included the following: (1) 8 out of 10 respondents were working in a job related to their career program, although 21% were working part-time only; (2) the average hourly wage of respondents working full-time was $11.47, up from $11.28 in 1991; (3) fewer respondents had earned an associate degree in 1992 than in 1991, while more had earned a vocational certificate; (4) nearly 83% of the respondents reported feeling more self-confident as a result of their experience at JCCC, and 97% of respondents would recommend JCCC to friends; (5) the lowest levels of satisfaction were reported for job placement services (38% positive rating), the availability of financial aid (41%), and the registration process (65%); (6) despite the recent completion of a career program, 30% of respondents were enrolled in classes; and (7) 91.5% of the employers rated JCCC completers as very good in terms of job-related conceptual knowledge, 85.5% as very good in terms of technical skills, and another 91% as very good with respect to attitude and quality of work. Detailed data tables, survey instruments, and follow-up letters are appended. (MAB)
Descriptors: Careers, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Employer Attitudes, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), Salaries, Student Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.