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A TRACER STUDY ON THE GRADUATES OF COLLEGE OF ARTS AND
Transcript of A TRACER STUDY ON THE GRADUATES OF COLLEGE OF ARTS AND
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Man needs education for him to receive information from external world, to acquaint him with past history, and to receive all necessary information regarding the present. Without education, man is as though in a closed room; however, with education he finds himself in a room with all its windows open toward outside world of opportunities and success (Khan, 1989).What to improve in the room of education could be determined through an organized procedure of assessing its services and programs such as the conduct of tracer studies.
REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE AND STUDIES
RESULTS AND discussions
A TRACER STUDY ON THE GRADUATES OF COLLEGE OF ARTS AND
SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHEASTERN PHILIPPINES
FROM SCHOOL YEAR 2008- 2009 to 2012-2013
OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
1. determine whether or not the graduates’ current specific work functions are related to their field of study;
2. determine the employment/unemployment rate of Use-CAS graduates;
3. determine the length of waiting time before the graduate gets employed;
4. discover the reasons of the graduate for staying/changing job;
5. demonstrate success of education and training relating to the graduates and employment; and,
6. indicate possible deficit in a given educational program that would serve as basis for future planning activities.
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
1. What is the response rate of the graduates from academic year 2008-2009 to 2012-2013 as classified to their courses and year graduated?
2. What post baccalaureate activities did Use-CAS graduates engage to when classified according to their course and school year graduated in terms of graduates’ studies and additional degree studies/training program?
3. What are the employment characteristics of the Use-CAS graduates as classified according to their course and school year graduated in terms of:
3.1. employment status;
3.2. first job after college;
3.3. reason(s) of changing or staying on the job;
3.4. first job related to their course;
3.5. tools in finding first job;
3.6. length of job search;
3.7. present position; and,
3.8. nature of job/business?
4. At what level do the graduates agree in the overall experience at the University of Southeastern Philippines, particularly at the College of Arts and Sciences?
5. To what extent do graduates feel that they have gained success as result of USeP-CAS education?
6. Is there a significant difference in the employability rate among the BS Statistics, BS Mathematics, BS Biology, AB English Language, and AB Literature graduates of USeP-CAS?
7. What are the suggestions and recommendations of USeP-CAS graduates about the changes needed to improve the competitive edge of their program in the field of training?
NULL HYPOTHESIS OF THE STUDY
HO: There is no significant difference in the employability rate among CAS graduates in the five programs.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
To the Alumni Director.
The study would provide the Office of USeP-Alumni an idea of how the graduates perform after graduation and would assist the office to determine the graduates’ employability readiness.
To the USeP-CAS Administrative Officials.
The study may serve as basis for initiating and implementing improvement plans to the university’s academic curriculum, as it would provide information about the graduates’ chosen career.
To the Faculty.
The study would help the faculty members in sustaining the standards of the college and its programs by continuously inventing strategies that would develop and ready the students in the post-academic world whereby equipping the graduates to be competitive globally.
To the Students.
The study would inform the students to choose best course that suit their future career.
To the Future Researchers.
This study would serve as reference to the researcher for their future studies.
SCOPE AND DELIMITATION OF THE STUDY
Bachelor of Science in Statistics
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Arts in English (Language)
Bachelor of Arts in Literature
Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
Master of Science in Biology
Master of English in Applied Linguistics
DEFINITION OF TERMS
refer to CAS graduates who graduated from school year 2009 to 2013.
refers to the University of Southeastern Philippines.
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SOURCE OF DATA
This study used snowball sampling procedure in whichthe graduates were tracked down through referral from faculty members, friends and family of respondents, Yearbook information, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr accounts and other social networking.
To attain the purpose of this study, the researcher adapted a survey questionnaire constructed by Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and modified by Batangas State University (BSU) which was used in a similar study. The questionnaire was customized by the researcher in which some unnecessary questions were deleted to fit the purpose of this study.
DATA GATHERING PROCEDURE
The researcher asked permission to conduct the study. A letter of permission was given to Dr. Eveyth P. Deligero, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences. After the approval, the researcher sent a letter to the Registrar’s Office for the master list of all graduates from school year 2008-2009 to 2012-2013. Upon the approval of the CAS-Dean, the survey questionnaires were distributed through personal appearance, sending through email address and social networking sites with letter to inform the graduates about the purpose of the study, and asking their cooperation. In addition, for more responses the researcher created an online survey questionnaire through GOOGLE DRIVE application for ease of answering the questionnaire.
Descriptive method was used to describe the profile of CAS-USeP graduates. Descriptive statistics such as frequency and percentage were used in determining the response rate, post baccalaureate activities and employment characteristics of the graduates. Mean was used also to describe the level of agreement in the assessment of the study of graduates.Chi-square was used to test if there is a significant difference in the proportion of employment status among BS in Statistics, BS in Mathematics, BS in Biology, AB English, and AB Literature graduates in CAS.
SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS AND
This study determined the response rate and the educational attainment of the graduates of College and Arts and Sciences from the school year 2008-2013. It established the profile of the employment characteristics of the graduates in terms of employment status, first job after college, first job related to the course, tools in finding first job, length of job search, present position, nature of job/business and the reason of changing/staying in their job.
The descriptive method of research such as frequency, percentage, and mean was used in the study. Chi-squared was used also to test if there is significant difference in employability status of the graduates. Snowball sampling procedure was employed in selecting the respondents of the study.
FINDINGS OF THE STUDY
1. There were 989 graduates for the school year 2008-2009 to 2012-2013 and 128 responded to the survey which constitutes 12.94 percent of the entire population. Moreover, four (4) out of 128 of the respondents were Masteral graduates.
2. Among the 124 graduates in the school year 2008-2013, 17.74 percent or 22 respondents took the graduate studies and additional degree.
3. Majority or 83.06 percent of the sampled respondents are employed.
4. Roughly fifty percent or 50.49 percent of the employed samples are regular or permanent.
5. Most of the graduates agreed that their first job was related to their course.
6. Most of the reasons why graduate changed or stayed in the job are the benefits and salaries, career challenge and related to special skills.
7. Most of the graduates acquired jobs relevant to the curriculum.
8. Among the 103 of employed graduates, 72 or 69.9 percent of respondents claimed that the job they had was the first one after college.
9. Recommendation by someone, walk-in applications and job fair are the common tools that graduates considered most helpful in finding jobs.
10. Majority (94 out of 111) of the respondents were employed in less than 6 months after the graduation.
11. Most of the graduates employed are handling rank and file position.
12. Most of the graduates agreed to the assessment of study condition regarding the overall experience at USeP-CAS.
13. Majority of the graduates very much feel that they gained success as a result of USeP education.
14. There is no significant difference in the employability status among BS Mathematics, BS Statistics, BS Biology, AB English (Language), and AB Literature graduates in CAS.
15. Employing only of competent faculty and continuously training them, updating and improving the curriculum and syllabus were the common recommendation and suggestion of the graduates.
Majority of the graduates of USeP-CAS responded to the questionnaires are now employed as regular. Further, having job fair in schools after or before graduation in college helped the prospect graduates to find employment.Employing only competent faculty members, updating and reviewing the curriculum and syllabus, and upgrading the facilities are the top three items suggested and recommended by the graduates to enhance their competence and edge in the courses they have taken.
1. Regulate more tracer studies on each department of CAS graduates to gather useful feedback from the alumni for the improvement of the institutions.
2. The department as well as alumni office should create an online group in some online social networking website such as FACEBOOK to trace the graduates and to serve as storage of data for future researcher.
3. Future researchers should also explore the competencies learned in college that led to finding most useful jobs after graduation.
ROY A. ANAYOC