This study developed a computer program from the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), in order to obtain an objective analysis of information received from student and employer evaluation forms presently in use by the School of Food, Hotel and Travel Management and the Coop and Placement Office at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The purpose for doing this study is for giving the Coop and Placement Office a means for collecting, monitoring and tracking pertinent information from students and employers involved in cooperative education (coop). An analysis is given for the 1993 data inputted into the SPSS program. This data illustrates useful information available through the use of an SPSS program. The following information is found in this study: 60% of all students doing coops were from the Hotel concentration. 46% of students worked in a Hotel. 31% worked in- the Food industry. The average wage of coop students was between $5-$7 per hour. Majority of students were located in the state of New York. 55% of students claimed to have difficulties on their coops. Due to the difficulty in quantifying the qualitative data (comment sections), suggestions are made for future use through information gained from the comment section. A brief history and definition of cooperative education is provided. This is so the reader and researcher can be familiar with the value of cooperative education. An informal benchmark of the evaluation process with three Universities: Drexel University, in Pennsylvania, University of Cincinnati, and Waterloo University in Canada are presented in this study. Minor changes to the existing survey are suggested, in order to make the survey more compatible with the SPSS program. A description of constructing an effective survey is presented for future consideration to the evaluation process for the Coop and Placement Office and the School of Food, Hotel and Travel Management at RIT.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Rochester Institute of Technology--Evaluation--Research; Education, Cooperative--New York (State)--Rochester--Evaluation--Research; Education, Cooperative--United States--Evaluation--Research; Educational surveys--Forms
Department, Program, or Center
School of Food, Hotel and Tourism Management (CAST)
Virani, Amynah, "A Statistical analysis of student and employer coop evaluation forms" (1994). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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