A follow-up of San Jacinto College 1977-81 business administration graduates with implications for curriculum revisions



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Purpose. The purpose of this study was to follow up former Business Administration Department graduates who attended San Jacinto College from January, 1977, through May, 1981, to determine whether certain selected business courses had provided them with the necessary skills and knowledges to meet the requirements of business and industry. The specific problem investigated in this study was: How does what the graduates do on the job compare with their preparation in the Business Administration Department, San Jacinto College? Hypothesis. The null hypothesis tested in this study was that there is no discrepancy between how important a task is on the job and how well the graduate was prepared for it at SJC. Procedures and Analysis. Data were gathered by means of questionnaires which were mailed to 476 former graduates, 227 of which were used in this study. A pilot test was conducted to test the reliability of the research instrument and to glean information about the construction and clarity of the instrument. The questionnaires consisted of a list of 13 task clusters encompassing the knowledges and skills learned in the Business Administration Department courses at SJC. The list was secured from similar studies, as well as business administration instructors. The 13 task clusters investigated were typewriting tasks, dictating and transcribing tasks using Gregg or ABC shorthand, dictating and transcribing tasks using dictating machines, filing tasks, verbal communication tasks, written communication tasks, operating electronic calculators, operating word processing equipment, gathering data tasks, using mathematics (without machines), financial or recordkeeping tasks, mailing tasks, and general clerical tasks. Utilizing a computer package designed by Jeremy Finn (1968), a discrepancy score was calculated for each subject, and the average for all subjects was calculated on each task cluster. The discrepancy score was determined by subtracting the graduate's perceived value of importance of a task on the job from the graduate's perceived value of his/her preparation for the task at SJC. A multiple analysis of variance (MANOVA) was calculated to determine whether overall differences between importance and preparation existed. A univariate analysis was performed to determine whether the discrepancy scores for each task cluster differed from zero. A frequency analysis was manually performed on the data from page 3 of the research instrument, which described specific weaknesses in the business administration program at SJC. [...]



Business education--United States