ERIC Number: ED405921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Survey of PVCC Graduates, Class of 1993-94. Research Report No. 1-97.
Griffith, Cynthia W.
Since 1974, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) has conducted annual surveys of graduates to obtain information on their jobs, career satisfaction, and transfer to other institutions, as well as the effect of PVCC on their careers and further education. Findings from the survey of 1993-94 graduates, based on responses from 50.4% of the 224 alumni surveyed, included the following: (1) 50.5% of the respondents were employed in full-time jobs related to their field of study at PVCC; (2) 31.5% of the employed respondents were nurses, 14.8% were secretaries, and 7.4% were child care workers; (3) the mean annual salary earned was $19,129, with the highest salary earned being $54,000 and the lowest being $2,500; (4) 87% believed that PVCC provided excellent or good academic preparation for jobs; (5) 47.7% felt they were academically better prepared compared to other employees, while 51.1% felt that they were equally prepared; (6) for those who had transferred, the average grade point average at the receiving institution was 3.1; (7) 76.7% of all respondents believed that PVCC provided excellent or good academic preparation for transfer; and (8) in comparing PVCC with the four-year schools to which they transferred, more than half of the transfers believed that the quality of instruction was the same at both institutions. Data tables and the survey instrument are appended. (HAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Job Satisfaction, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.