ERIC Number: ED433752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
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Does Early Intervention Make a Difference in Career Planning? How an Institutional Research Office Provided Answers without Implementing a New Survey. AIR 1999 Annual Forum Paper.
Terkla, Dawn Geronimo; Armstrong, Kelli J.; Seifert, Mark E.
This paper describes an institutional research office's use of extensive senior survey data to examine indirectly the effectiveness of a career services early intervention program over a period of four years. The study compared responses on the senior survey by participants (N=200) in the sophomore career exploration seminar with responses of non-participants (N=4234). Analysis indicated that seminar participants were more likely than other students to be female, Asian, and liberal arts majors. All career service items listed on the senior questionnaire were utilized more heavily by the career seminar participants than by non-participants. This difference was most notable for participation in the individual career counseling services, walk-in hours, job search workshops, and use of internship listings. Additionally, seminar participants showed a higher level of satisfaction with these services than did the non-participant group. Participants were far more likely to give the services of the career center an "essential" rating compared to non-participants on an importance scale. Participants were more likely to have completed an internship than non-participants and also expressed higher ratings for their overall satisfaction with their undergraduate experience. (DB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Planning, College Outcomes Assessment, College Sophomores, College Students, Course Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Seminars, Student Characteristics, Student Surveys, Use Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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