ERIC Number: ED362228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Student Outcomes Study. Olympic College Program Review.
Langan, A. Bud; Keeler, Laura
A follow-up study was conducted of students who had attended Olympic College (OC), in Washington, in fall 1990. A questionnaire was sent to a stratified random sample of 647 students, 3 years after their 1990 enrollment. A total of 390 responses were received for a 60.3% response rate. Respondents were divided into the following four groups, based on their enrollment intent at entry: General Academic; Transfer; Vocational Preparation; or Vocational Supplemental/Job Upgrade. The study sought to determine the accuracy of the students' reported intent; outcomes 3 years after attending; student satisfaction with OC courses or programs; and related demographics. Study findings included the following: (1) there was a lack of congruence between intent upon entry to OC and stated intent on the subsequent survey; (2) 26.1% of the General Academic students reported an annual salary of $30,000 or above, as compared with 35.2% of the Job Upgrade students, 18.1% of the Transfer group, and 10% of the Vocational Preparation students; (3) 43.2% of the male respondents reported annual earnings of $30,000 or more, as compared to 7.8% of the female respondents; (4) 70% of the respondents reported that their salaries had not increased as a result of having attended OC; (5) respondent satisfaction with academic courses ranged from 2.08 to 3.338 on a 4-point scale; and (6) respondent perceptions that their disciplines met their stated goals ranged from 2.14 to 3.51 on a 4-point scale. Twenty-nine data tables and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Majors (Students), Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, School Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Olympic Coll., Bremerton, WA.