ERIC Number: ED364292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of Former Students Who Began in the Years 1988, 1986, and 1984. Volume XXII, No. 3.
Lucas, J. A.; Meltesen, Cal
A follow-up study of students who earned at least 12 credit hours was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), in Palatine, Illinois, to determine their employment and education status after leaving WRHC. Utilizing the National Transfer Rate Study format, over 1,000 former WRHC students in each of three cohort years (1988, 1986, and 1984) were surveyed by telephone, and response rates of 71.2%, 51.6%, and 47.6%, respectively, were achieved. Results of the study indicated the following: (1) the overall transfer rate was calculated as 30.3%; (2) students who intended to transfer when they first enrolled were more likely to transfer than students with other intents (78% versus 54%); (3) academic ability and performance affected transfer rates, with students attaining grade point averages (GPA's) above 2.00 transferring at a higher rate than those with GPA's below 2.00 (70% versus 40%); (4) students earning a degree at WRHC were more likely to transfer than those who did not (74% versus 59%); (5) students new to WRHC were more likely to transfer than those who transferred to WRHC; (6) more than three fourths of the former students were employed full-time, with two thirds working in a field at least somewhat related to their WRHC major; and (7) respondents generally were employed at the beginning professional skill level and earned an average of $30,000 per year. Extensive data tables and the survey instrument are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Enrollment Influences, Followup Studies, Grade Point Average, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.