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Employer Attitudes And Perceptions Of Job Preparedness Of Recent Iowa State University Horticulture Graduates, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Michael Reinert Jan 2009

Employer Attitudes And Perceptions Of Job Preparedness Of Recent Iowa State University Horticulture Graduates, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Michael Reinert

Horticulture Publications

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the attitudes and perceptions of employers who have recently hired Iowa State University (ISU) Department of Horticulture graduates in regard to the graduates' preparedness when entering the workforce and their abilities to complete job responsibilities. A 70-question survey instrument was distributed electronically to 107 employers who hired ISU Department of Horticulture students who graduated from spring semester 2004 through summer session 2007. A majority of the survey questions was directly related to expected learner outcomes from the undergraduate curriculum. These outcomes related to abilities in professional skills (19 questions) and general horticulture ...


Curriculum Evaluation: An Outcomes Assessment Of The Department Of Horticulture At Iowa State University, Elizabeth Duncan, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Cynthia L. Haynes, Levon Esters Jan 2008

Curriculum Evaluation: An Outcomes Assessment Of The Department Of Horticulture At Iowa State University, Elizabeth Duncan, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Cynthia L. Haynes, Levon Esters

Horticulture Publications

The Iowa State University undergraduate horticulture program has been nationally ranked as one of the best in the nation. Regular and systematic outcomes assessment is one means to evaluate the program for purposes of sustaining this level of excellence. The purpose of this study was to conduct a survey of horticulture graduates to determine preparedness when entering the workforce, departmental effectiveness, and to evaluate how well graduates met departmental learner outcomes. A 59-question survey instrument was distributed electronically to a proportional sample of 221 horticulture alumni who graduated between 2000 and 2006. The response rate was 47%. Results showed that ...