ERIC Number: ED382287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Follow-Up Study of Former Students Who Began in the Years 1987 and 1989. Volume XXIII, No. 3.
Lucas, John A.; Meltesen, Cal
A follow-up study was conducted of students who earned at least 12 credit hours at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), in Palatine, Illinois, to determine their employment and education status after leaving WRHC. Over 1,008 former WRHC students in cohort years 1987 and 1989 were surveyed by telephone, receiving a response rate of 71.8%, and 56.2%, respectively. Study findings included the following: (1) WRHC's transfer rate is 35.6%, according to the UCLA Transfer Study's definition, which is based on all students who begin in a particular year, earn at least 12 credit hours, and transfer to senior institutions in Illinois within 4 years; (2) if the concept is broadened to include students who attend out-of-state colleges, community and technical colleges, and those still enrolled, and the time period is extended to 6 years, the transfer rate reaches 69%; (3) if only students intending to transfer are considered, a 6-year waiting period is used, and all transfer possibilities including continuing enrollment, the transfer rate goes up to 79%; (4) transfer rates are most affected by the students intent when they enter WRHC and by their academic ability and performance; (5) at the time of the survey, 70% of the 1987 cohort were working full-time, with more than 50% working in a field somewhat related to their major; and (6) students were employed at the beginning professional skill level and earned an average of $26,000 per year. (KP)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Enrollment Influences, Followup Studies, Grade Point Average, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Salaries, Student Educational Objectives, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.