ERIC Number: ED417639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Graduates of the College of Optometry Reflect on Their Experience with Nova Southeastern University.
MacFarland, Thomas W.
The report summarizes a survey of 46 graduates of the Nova Southeastern University (Florida) doctoral program in optometry, the only such program in the state, concerning professional and program issues, including professional employment patterns and feedback on the doctoral program. Results indicate that school location was a primary reason for many students' choice of program. About two-thirds of respondents were permanent Florida residents at time of entry, and this rate declined only slightly after graduation. However, nearly three-fourths indicated they would have moved from Florida if they had not attended the university. The average first-professional salary of graduates was about $60,000, and one-third were self-employed. Half of all survey statements related to training received a mean rating of adequate or better, with the highest rating given to the value of the internship. Over 70 percent of all statements related to quality items of the program received a mean rating of acceptable or better, with the highest rating given to clinical instruction. Results are presented in narrative form, with data tables and survey form appended. (Contains seven references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Clinical Teaching (Health Professions), College Choice, College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, Doctoral Programs, Employment Patterns, Geographic Distribution, Geographic Location, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Internship Programs, Optometry, Professional Education, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nova Southeastern Univ., Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Research and Planning.