ERIC Number: ED386239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Macomb College Graduates--Five Years Later: A Follow-Up Study of the Classes of 1989-90. Project #94-062.
As part of a program of graduate follow-up studies, Macomb Community College (MCC), in Michigan, regularly conducts surveys of graduates or certificate earners 1, 3, and 5 years after their departure from the college. For the 5-year follow-up of the class of 1989-90, surveys were sent to all 2,877 alumni requesting information on characteristics, current employment/educational status, salaries, and perceptions of MCC. Study findings, based on responses from 952 former students (33%), included the following: (1) 43% had attended MCC to prepare for a job, 35.5% for transfer credit, and 15% to improve skills, while more than 60% of respondents indicated that they had fully achieved their objectives; (2) 87.7% were employed, with 35% employed in clerical/sales or other white collar jobs, 30% in management or professional jobs, and 6.4% in blue collar jobs; (3) 62% indicated that their current positions were directly or closely related to their MCC studies; (4) 36.6% felt that their MCC education was very useful, 40.7% somewhat useful, 9.5% not too useful, and 3.9% not at all useful; (5) 37% were very satisfied with their jobs, 43.1% were satisfied, 7.8% were dissatisfied, and 1.9% were very dissatisfied; (6) for the 73% who provided salary data, the median hourly salary was $14.35, while the number reporting hourly salaries of less than $6.24 doubled from the previous year's graduate survey; (7) 48% indicated that they had transferred to a four-year college; and (8) 11% said their preparation for continuing education was excellent in all areas and less than 1% that it was inadequate in all areas. Includes comparisons to findings from studies conducted the previous 5 years. The survey instrument is appended. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb Community Coll., Warren, MI. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.