ERIC Number: ED361054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Survey of PVCC Graduates of the Class of 1991-92. Research Report Number 5-93.
Russell, T. Kevin
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 1991-92 graduates, based on responses from 46.4% of the 233 alumni surveyed, included the following: (1) nearly 45% of the respondents were employed full-time in jobs related to their field of study at PVCC, and most were either very satisfied (37.3%) or satisfied (50.7%) with their current jobs; (2) the mean annual salary earned by respondents was $22,549; (3) nearly 89% of respondents believed that PVCC provided excellent (41.7%) or good (47.2%) academic preparation for jobs; (4) almost all the respondents felt that they were better prepared (52.4%) or equally prepared (46%) compared to other new employees in the same field; (5) almost 50% of respondents who continued their education at four-year colleges or universities transferred to the University of Virginia; (6) the average grade point average of transfer students at four-year institutions was 3.278; (7) the majority of respondents felt that PVCC provided excellent (42.1%) or good (50%) preparation for transfer; and (8) 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 four-year institutions. 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 Education
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.