ERIC Number: ED373832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1993 Dental Hygiene Graduates. Volume XXII, Number 17, June 1994.
Holt, Marianne; Lucas, John A.
In an effort to evaluate the effectiveness of its dental hygiene program, William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), in Palatine, Illinois, conducted a follow-up study of its dental hygiene students. The survey instrument was mailed to all 31 1993 dental hygiene associate degree graduates, and a response rate of 97% (n=30) was attained. Results of the study included the following: (1) all but one of the respondents was employed, with the exception being a graduate who voluntarily became a homemaker; (2) among the employed, 55% held full-time jobs, 28% held two part-time jobs (equivalent to full time), 14% were employed part time by choice, and 3% were employed part time involuntarily; (3) the average annual full-time salary rate was $43,500, which was 3.5% higher than previous years and by far the highest salary paid to any WRHC graduate group; (4) 97% of the respondents indicated that they were satisfied with their chosen profession; (5) the most frequently awarded benefits were reduced fees for dental work (83%), Christmas bonus (72%), uniform allowance (76%), paid holidays (62%), and paid vacations (55%, the lowest level in the study's history); and (6) of 41 specific job tasks, the graduates reported that they were very well prepared for 22 tasks, more than adequately prepared for 12 tasks, adequately prepared for 4 tasks, less than adequately prepared for 2 tasks, and inadequately prepared for 1 task. The survey instrument and cover letter are appended. (MAB)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, College Graduates, Community Colleges, Dental Hygienists, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Job Satisfaction, Job Search Methods, Job Skills, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Salaries, Student Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, 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.