ERIC Number: ED479966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Former Drafting & Engineering Design Technology Students. Summary Findings of Respondents District-Wide.
In fall 2001 staff of the Los Rios Community College District Office of Institutional Research collaborated with occupational deans, academic deans, and faculty to develop and administer a survey of former Drafting and Engineering Design Technology students. The survey was designed to determine how well courses had met the needs of former drafting and engineering design technology students who had earned degrees or certificates and those who had not. A total of 460 surveys were sent to former students, with 166 returned (response rate of 36.1%). Most of the respondents (66.9%) were graduates of American River College, and at each of the colleges, most of the respondents were nonreturning students, indicative of the student population in this program. Many are taking a few courses to learn new skills or upgrade old, rather than to seek a degree or certificate. Tables show the five drafting and engineering design technology courses that students believed had prepared them well for employment, and the five courses they believed had left them not well prepared. Of survey respondents, 49.3% were currently working in Drafting and Engineering Design Technology, and 82.1% of students who earned a degree were actually working in the field. Information is also provided about the salaries of former students and their demographic profile as a group. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Students, Community Colleges, Course Content, Drafting, Employment Qualifications, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Job Skills, Salaries, Satisfaction, Student Surveys
For full text: http://irweb.losrios.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Rios Community Coll. District, Sacramento, CA. Office of Institutional Research.