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ERIC Number: ED373832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.