ERIC Number: ED412488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1996 Graduates.
Claus, Richard N.; Quimper, Barry E.
In June 1996, 348 students received diplomas from two high schools in Saginaw, Michigan. To determine these graduates' activities nine months after graduation, 188 of them were telephoned and asked about post-secondary education, employment status, and perception/evaluation of their high school education. The results of that survey are reported here. Survey findings will provide school board members, administrators, teachers, and counselors with data to assist them in instructional and curricular planning. Results indicate that 70.3% of the graduates were in college, school, training, or apprentice programs. For those attending school, the five top study areas were general courses/undecided, education and social services, business, medicine and health services, and engineering/architecture. Nearly half (46.3%) of the graduates attending school felt that their high school education was "very often" or "often" used in their current studies. Regarding employment, 81.5% of those surveyed were working for pay and none were full-time homemakers. Most graduates worked 32.1 hours per week. The two most frequently mentioned "suggested improvements" to the high school program were: "students need to be better prepared for college" and "more in-class computer usage." (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.