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ERIC Number: ED464673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
The Reality of Perceptions: The Future Earning Power of Community College Students.
Gillum, F. E.; Davies, Timothy Gray
This article reports on a three-phase study that examined the relationship between earning power and the successful completion of a program of study at an unidentified community college. In the first phase, researchers interviewed the state legislators from the community college's home county and asked them their beliefs on this relationship. In the second phase, researchers examined student transcripts and state income records to determine if there actually was a relationship between education and earning power. In the third phase, the state legislators' perceptions were compared with the results of the wage record and program completion data analysis to determine the accuracy of the legislators' perceptions. Conclusions from the study include: (1) the perceptions that were held by the legislators concerning the degree to which the community college impacted their state, the local economy, and individual earning ability were based more on a belief than on quantifiable data; (2) the college proved to be a major source of secondary jobs for both the county and state; and (3) program completion at the college had a positive impact on the earning power of its program completers. (Contains 23 references.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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