ERIC Number: ED364293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Follow-Up Studies of Former Secretarial Science Graduates. Volume XXII, No. 5.
Lucas, J.; Smith, Margaret
In spring 1993, as part of the program review process at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Palatine, Illinois, surveys were sent to former students in the college's Secretarial Science programs who had attended WRHC during the previous five years. Surveys were sent to 102 executive secretaries (ES's), 57 legal secretaries (LS's), 200 certified professional secretaries (CPS's), and 213 former students who had attended lower level secretarial courses. Target group categories were determined by former students' majors, and by the courses they had taken. Among these four groups, usable surveys were returned by 44, 28, 84, and 84 former students respectively, for response rates of 43.1%, 49.1%, 42%, and 39.4%. Study findings included the following: (1) among ES's, 72% were working full-time and 85% were working in a field closely related to an ES; (2) among LS's, 93% were working full-time and 72% were working in a field closely related to LS; (3) for both ES's and LS's, starting salaries were about $18,000 per year, while current salaries were around $25,500; (4) in general, both ES's and LS's indicated that their preparation matched the frequency with which they performed certain skills; (5) among CPS's, 56% had completed all six courses in the series, and more than half passed state exams after one or two attempts; (6) 80% of CPS's preferred WRHC's present pass/fail option; and (7) among students who had taken lower-level secretarial courses, 47% indicated they needed new skills to re-enter the workforce. Tabulated responses for all surveyed groups and the survey instruments are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Graduate Surveys, Job Skills, Office Occupations Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Salaries, Secretaries, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Attitudes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.