ERIC Number: ED373829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1992 Harper College Harper College Career Alumni. Volume XXII, Number 14, March 1994.
Lucas, John A.; Meltesen, Cal
A study was conducted to evaluate the career programs at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) (Illinois) through a local follow-up of WRHC career alumni. Alumni who earned 48 or more credit hours during the 1991-92 year in a career major were surveyed. After two mailings and a telephone follow-up, a 73% response rate was achieved. Study findings, compared to findings about 1987-88 and 1989-90 career alumni, included the following: (1) 39.2% of the alumni were employed full time and not attending school, compared to 52.7% of the 1984 alumni; (2) 19.5% of the 1992 alumni were employed part time, and 41.9% of these indicated that they preferred part-time employment; (3) 17.3% of the 1992 alumni were presently enrolled in college full time, 23% were enrolled part time, 17.3% planned to enroll next year, and 20.7% planned to enroll at some time; (4) 37.8% of the 1992 alumni had received an associate degree in applied science, 14.8% an associate degree in science, 12.8% an associate degree in arts, and 30.4% no degree; (5) 58.4% of those who had not received a degree were still attending WRHC, and 16.8% preferred attending another college; (6) 50% of the 1992 alumni were employed in a health field, 8.2% in an office or clerical position, and 7.9% in business or finance; (7) 50.5% assessed their present position as "starting professional"; (8) 50.7% were working in a field identical to their major, and 34.4% of those not working in a job related to their major indicated that they were working in a temporary job while in transition; and (9) the average alumni salary of $28,087 represented a 13.7% increase over the results of the 1989-90 career alumni survey. The survey instrument is included. (KP)
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Longitudinal Studies, Mail Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Relevance (Education), Salaries, Trend Analysis, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.