Follow-up studies of former students are an effective method to assess performance and progress of students in their chosen careers. Such studies are designed to evaluate the product of career programs--the graduate. The primary goal of such education, the preparation of individuals for employment, can best be assessed by examining the placement records of graduates. In addition, very important information regarding the strengths and weaknesses of a college degree program may be gathered from former students, as they are in the best position to judge such characteristics (Wentling, 1980).
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