ERIC Number: ED454899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Employer Survey Results for the PVCC Graduating Class of 1995-96.
Payne, William H., Jr.; Shields, Jennifer A.
During the fall of 1998, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) surveyed 30 employers of its 1995-96 graduates to evaluate the occupational success of its students and the effectiveness of the college's academic programs in preparing graduates for work in various professions. Results include: (1) employers rated the job performance of the graduates very highly, with more than 70% rating them as "excellent" or "good" in every job performance category (technical job skills, quality of work, quantity of work, attitude toward work, cooperation with fellow workers, and cooperation with supervisors); (2) "poor" ratings were only given in the categories of quantity of work, cooperation with fellow workers, and cooperation with supervisors, and these ratings were given by fewer than 10% of the participating employers; (3) compared with the average ratings of the previous five graduating classes, ratings for technical job skills improved by 11%, quality of work went up 7%, and quantity of work increased 9%; (4) employers were less pleased with 1995-96 PVCC graduates' attitudes toward work and with the level of cooperation between graduates and their peers and supervisors; (5) more than 60% of employers rated the graduates as either "excellent" or "good" in every general skills category (math, writing, speaking, research, and logic); and (6) occupational education and training at PVCC was rated as "excellent" or "good" by 92% of the employers. Contains 17 tables. Appended are: Evaluations by Curriculum, Sample Employer Comments, Job Titles of PVCC Graduates, Participating Employers list, and the survey instrument. (EMH)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.