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ERIC Number: ED547925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 161
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-2928-5
Textbook Pages to Salary Wages: An Examination of the Relationship between Cooperative Education and Early Employment Outcomes
Grover-Bisker, Edna M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri - Columbia
This study examined the relationship between cooperative education (co-op) and the early career outcomes of graduates at Missouri University of Science and Technology, a science and technological research university in the Midwest. The study's primary purpose was to provide university leadership with a quantitative evaluation of the university's co-op program to determine the program's effectiveness regarding post-graduation employment outcomes. The study data on 2008 to 2010 graduates which included level information such as major, GPA, citizenship, gender, and ethnicity/race, as well as job attainment and full-time annual starting salary at graduation. In addition to descriptive statistics, analysis of variance (ANOVA), logistic regression, and multiple regression analysis were used to investigate the relationships between cooperative education and early career outcomes. Results from the investigation showed significant differences in co-op participation across student-level characteristics. Further, co-op participants were found to have a higher likelihood of having secured employment at graduation and have higher starting salaries. Following the study, the researcher provided university administrators with the results which are being used to provide a measurable methodological approach to program review and base line evaluation. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri