ERIC Number: ED397901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Study of Interior Design Current Students and Graduates. Volume XXIV, Number 7.
Lucas, John A.; Batzkall, Dianne
As part of a review of its Interior Design department, William Rainey Harper College in Illinois conducted a study of graduates and current students in fall 1994 to determine student goals, actual outcomes, and perceptions of program quality. Questionnaires were sent to 197 graduates from 1989 to 1994 and a sample of 250 current students; responses were received from 128 graduates and 169 current students. Study findings included the following: (1) while 34% of the current students expected to work in a small design firm, only 3% of the graduates were doing so; (2) conversely, while 29% of the students expected to develop their own business, 44% of the graduates had done so; (3) only 5% of the students expected to work in furniture sales, though 32% of the graduates worked in that area; (4) 82% of the current students took 1 or 2 interior design courses per semester, while 81% intended to earn an associate degree in interior design; (5) current students planning to work full-time in interior design expected to earn $24,000 per year, while the mean annual full-time salary for graduates was $26,300; and (6) with respect to their level of preparation, graduates felt best prepared for furniture sales, working with a small firm, and window treatment. The graduate and current student questionnaires are appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.