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This report presents the results of Tidewater Community College's (Virginia) 1998 employer survey study, which provides useful insights into graduates' skills, professional behaviors, and overall job performance. Employer comments also provide valuable feedback relating to currency and comprehensiveness of the college's programs. The study found that employers were satisfied with nine areas of knowledge and skills that were evaluated in the survey. "Thinking creatively" was rated highest, while "math skills" was rated lowest. Employers were overwhelmingly satisfied with graduates' professional behaviors. Satisfactory ratings were as follows: "cooperation" (94%), "initiative" (92%), "dependability" (97%), and "decision-making skills" (88%). Employers were asked to evaluate their overall perception of "occupational/technical training" (rated excellent or good by 79% of respondents) and "general education" (rated excellent or good by 77% of respondents). Areas most often cited by employers as "needs improvement" were "solving problems" and "decision-making skills." Eighty-nine percent of employers rated "overall job performance" of the college's graduates as either excellent or good. A large majority (94%) of employers would employ the college's graduates from the same program if appropriate positions were available. Overall, employers are satisfied with the preparation of the college's graduates in terms of knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors. Appendices include the 1998 employer survey instrument. (VWC)

Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Employer Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Occupational Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Two Year Colleges

For full text: http://www.tc.cc.va.us/admin.ir/irreport.htm.









Autor: Kleiman, Lisa

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11578&id=ED447845







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