ERIC Number: ED369470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-8
Reference Count: N/A
Grad 1, 3, and 5: A Longitudinal Comparison of Graduate Follow-Up Studies.
As part of a program of graduate follow-up studies, Macomb Community College (MCC), in Michigan, regularly conducts surveys of graduates or certificate earners 1, 3, and 5 years after their departure from the college. In February 1994, a study was conducted to compare data from the three follow-up studies conducted of graduates from the class of 1988-89. Responses were compared for the 397 alumni who responded to all three follow-up studies, representing 15% of the total class but 40% of the alumni who responded to the last follow-up questionnaire. Study findings, included the following: (1) the sample was 36% male and 64% female, compared to 46% male and 53% female for the whole class, and most were from the General Studies or Arts programs; (2) with respect to their objectives for attending MCC, 58% of males and 56% of females had cited job training, 40% of females and 34% of males had mentioned transfer credit, and analyses revealed that 33% of the respondents had changed objectives on one or more follow-up survey; (3) from the first to the fifth-year follow-up, the number of full-time students decreased from 17% to 5%, with more males working full-time and more females working part-time; (4) 66% viewed their job as closely related to their MCC education in the first year follow-up, 61% in the third year, and 63% in the fifth year; and (5) more respondents indicated an objective of transfer credit than actually reported transferring in the first year follow-up, while the reverse was true for the third and fifth years. The first, third, and fifth year survey instruments are appended. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb Community Coll., Warren, MI. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.