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In February 1995, Prince George's Community College (PGCC) conducted a study of all 8,739 students who graduated from the 18 community colleges in Maryland in fiscal year 1994. The study sought to determine outcomes for PGCC graduates with respect to their level of goal achievement, satisfaction with their college, transfer and employment status, and employment status while attending college. Outcomes for PGCC graduates were also compared to those for graduates statewide and from four peer colleges comparable in size to PGCC. Study findings, based on responses from 42% (n=337) of PGCC graduates and 48% (n=4,157) of the statewide graduates, included the following: (1) compared to graduates statewide and at the four peer colleges, PGCC had the highest percentage of graduates who indicated that they had completely achieved their goal in attending college at 76%; (2) compared to peer colleges, PGCC graduates who transferred were more likely to attend their senior institution part-time; (3) 53% of PGCC graduates had worked full-time while attending, compared to 43% of the statewide graduates; (4) 63% of PGCC graduates were employed full-time after graduation, compared to 56% of the statewide graduates; and (5) only 31% of PGCC graduates were employed in Prince George's County, while 42% were employed in the District of Columbia. The survey instrument is appended. (TGI)

Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Educational Attainment, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, State Surveys, Student Educational Objectives, Student Employment, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup

Author: Alexander, Hershel


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