June 15, 1997
June 15, 1997
June 18, 1997
2.116.1 - 2.116.7
Course Analysis Effectiveness Survey of BSET Graduates
Ronald H. Rockland New Jersey Institute of Technology
Just as the business world has realized that customers are its first priority, higher education also needs to become customer oriented. Since our customers are our students, the opinions by recent and past graduates on course effectiveness with respect to their job functions is important. This analysis was part of an overall strategic planning effort within the Engineering Technology department of NJIT. A ten-year follow-up study of EET graduates was completed. This study concerned itself with current and past job functions, salary analysis, job progression, prior (to graduating) work experience and course analysis. This paper will concentrate on the course analysis.
A survey was sent out to over 450 graduates of the electrical engineering technology program at NJIT, representing graduates from this program over a ten year period. The 60 graduates responding represented a 13% response rate. While names and other demographic information were optional, over 80% of the respondents included that information. This will help with further follow-up studies. Over 85% of the respondents worked two or more years before graduation, typically in a related technological field. Over 95% of those replying agreed or strongly agreed that the BSET has helped their career. With respect to job title, over one-third of the students worked in technical areas (research, design, engineering and development). Almost one-half of the students responding had job positions immediately after graduating with the title engineer. There was a great diversity in the types of jobs first performed after graduation (See Table I). This could have a significant impact in the response to the questions on the impact of courses in their first position.
Rockland, R. H. (1997, June), Course Analysis Effectiveness Survey Of Bset Graduates Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. https://peer.asee.org/6473
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