ERIC Number: ED397896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1994 Dental Hygiene Graduates.
Holt, Marianne; Lucas, John A.
In an effort to evaluate the effectiveness of its dental hygiene program, William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), in Illinois, conducted a follow-up study of program graduates from 1994. Surveys were mailed to all 30 1994 dental hygiene associate degree graduates, receiving responses from 77% (n=23). Study findings included the following: (1) all but one of the respondents was employed, while the unemployed graduate was looking for a job; (2) among the employed, 59% held full-time jobs, 9% held two part-time jobs (equivalent to full-time), 18% were employed part-time by choice, and 13% were employed part-time involuntarily; (3) the average annual full-time salary was approximately $44,400, 2.1% higher than the salaries of previous years and the highest salary paid to any WRHC graduate group; (4) only 52% of the respondents indicated that they were satisfied with their chosen profession, the lowest level since 1987; (5) the most frequently awarded benefits were reduced fees for dental work (91%), uniform allowance (76%), paid holidays (71%), and paid vacations (71%); 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 5 tasks, and less than adequately prepared for only 2 tasks. Data tables and comments from graduates from 1991 to 1994 are included. The survey instrument and cover letter are appended. (BCY)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, College Graduates, Community Colleges, Dental Hygienists, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Job Satisfaction, Job Search Methods, Job Skills, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Salaries, Student Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.