ERIC Number: ED364285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of Former Food Service Management Students, 1985-1990. Volume XXI, No. 2.
Lucas, J. A.; Beach, Patrick J.
As part of the program evaluation and review process at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Palatine, Illinois, a follow-up study was conducted of students who had successfully completed four or more courses in the college's Food Service Management Program between 1985 and 1990. Questionnaires were mailed to 176 former students. Study findings, based on a 43% response rate, included the following: (1) the average age of the respondents at the time of enrollment was 21.6 years; (2) 54% of food service students were male, 8% were minority, and 23.5% lived out of the school district; (3) respondents typically attended WRHC for 3 years and achieved an average grade point average (GPA) of 2.84; (4) only 57.5% of the respondents graduated from WRHC; (5) 85% of the respondents were employed, and 68% were employed full-time; (6) only 6.7% of the employed respondents who sought food-service employment were in non-food service fields; (7) the most common employment among respondents was in food service and food production, for which students earned an average annual salary of $24,000; (8) 72% of the respondents reported being satisfied in their jobs, while 12% were dissatisfied; (9) 51% of the employed respondents were working within the district area; (10) respondents rated general education skills acquired at WRHC as more important than technical skills; (11) respondents rated all WRHC courses between very beneficial and beneficial; and (12) 27% of the respondents were currently enrolled in another institution. Tabulated responses and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Food Service, Graduate Surveys, Managerial Occupations, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.