ERIC Number: ED382291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of Former Chemistry Students. Volume XXIII, No. 7.
Ellefson-Kuehn, Julie; And Others
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Illinois to follow former students who had taken one of nine different chemistry courses at WRHC between 1989 and 1993, and to survey area employers who were thought to hire employees with a chemistry background. Surveys were mailed to 853 students and 60 area employers. Study findings, based on responses from 55% of the students and 50% of the employers, included the following: (1) only 35% of the students took additional chemistry courses after transferring from WRHC, with the most commonly taken courses being organic chemistry, biochemistry, and general chemistry; (2) 38% of the transfer students majored in health-related areas, 23% in science, 13% in engineering, 9% in business, and 6% in social science; (3) 72% took the chemistry course(s) at WRHC because it was a degree requirement, and of these 81% felt they were well prepared by chemistry for their program; (4) 86% indicated that they were satisfied with their chemistry courses at WRHC, with 75% of the transfer students indicating that they had been at least well prepared for their subsequent chemistry courses; (5) 46% of the companies (N=14) surveyed had some positions requiring a chemistry background; (6) employers predicted a flat demand for employees with a chemistry background over the next few years; (7) six of the responding companies indicated a need for employees with additional background in instrumentation, three companies said their employees needed training in environment chemistry, and two companies indicated that their employees needed more background in biochemistry. The survey instruments are included. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.