ERIC Number: ED416917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Employer Survey Results for the PVCC Graduating Class of 1994-95.
Hassan, Khan M.; Payne, William H., Jr.
As part of a follow-up of 1994-95 graduates, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) conducted a study of graduates' employers to determine their satisfaction with graduates' job skills, performance, and academic preparation. Surveys were sent to 35 employers of graduates who gave permission for their employers to be contacted, with 62.9% (n=22) returning completed questionnaires. Study findings included the following: (1) overall, the graduates were rated highly by their employers, receiving excellent or good ratings by 72.7% of the employers for their technical job skills, 77.3% for quality of work, 72.8% for quantity of work, 77.3% for work attitude, 77.3% for cooperation with peers, and 85.7% for cooperation with supervisors; (2) the proportion of graduates receiving excellent or good ratings for work attitudes declined from 90.9% in a 1992-93 study to 77.3% in the current study; (3) PVCC graduates were rated as either excellent or good by 75% of the employers with respect to math skills, 61.9% with respect to writing skills, 57.1% with respect to speaking skills, 61.6% with respect to research skills, and 63.6% with respect to logic skills; and (4) 76.2% of employers rated PVCC's occupational training as either excellent or good, while 75% did so for general education. Appendixes provide employer evaluations by graduate program of study and degree received, employer comments, lists of graduates' job titles and participating employers, the contact authorization form, and the survey instrument. (BCY)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Graduate Surveys, Job Performance, Job Skills, Outcomes of Education, Personnel Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, School Effectiveness, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Evaluation, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA.