ERIC Number: ED377900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up of JCCC Career Program Completers, Class of 1992-93.
Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.
In an overall plan to assess institutional effectiveness, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Kansas conducts annual follow-up studies of students who completed career programs during the previous academic year, and also surveys employers of those completers. In fall 1993, surveys were mailed to 768 career program completers, including students earning degrees and certificates and those who left the program with marketable skills. Three mailings, telephone follow-up, and efforts of career program administrators to reach the remaining nonrespondents resulted in 515 completed surveys for a 95% adjusted response rate. Respondents also identified 294 employers, 238 of whom returned completed surveys (81%). Major findings included the following: (1) 82.7% of the respondents were working in a job related to their career program at JCCC; (2) the average hourly wage was $11.86, a substantial increase over the $10.36 average reported 5 years ago; (3) females reported higher average hourly wages than males in 7 of the 19 programs where wage and gender data were reported; (4) 80% of the respondents rated most aspects of their job "good" or "excellent," and 86% indicated satisfaction with their current job; (5) the median age of respondents increased from 28 years for the class of 1989 to 30 years for the class of 1993; (6) the class of 1993 earned the most associates degrees (69%); the largest median credit hours (65), and smallest median number of semesters; (7) 84% of the respondents reported improved self-confidence; (8) 92% were satisfied with JCCC; (9) 97% would recommend JCCC to friends; (10) 56% planned to return to JCCC within the year for further education; and (11) nearly 96% of the employers rated overall job preparation as excellent or good. The survey instruments are included. (KP)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Employer Attitudes, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Instructional Effectiveness, Mail Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Wages
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.