Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Education is not an end in itself. It is only a means to an end. This end is usually away from the educational institution itself. There are no doubt several methods for evaluating the effectiveness that the educational institution is achieving in its endeavor to prepare its graduates toward the desired goals. The degree of proficiency in the individual subjects can be tested while the student is in school. How the person is doing after graduation is a major part of the true test of his overall education. Evaluation becomes more difficult after the student has graduated. This is due to the lack of contact and also because of geographical distances. This after-graduation evaluation of the graduate, and of the school by the graduate is very important if the school is to keep abreast of the needs in the field. Lardy1 has made the statement; “IT is a great deal easier to look back on college education and evaluate it properly than it is to do so at the time you are enrolled.” The new perspective the graduate achieves, his experiences encountered in the field, and his keener insight enable him to evaluate the adequacy or inadequacy of his own college education better than any other single individual. One of the major problems is to get this information back to the school. One of the more suitable means of acquiring this information is by utilizing a follow-up study of former graduates. If the follow-up study is suitably planned, properly developed, sufficiently placed in the hands of the graduates concerned, and adequately responded to, then the information obtained can be beneficial to the school and the departments concerned.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

South Dakota State University -- Alumni
Industrial arts -- Study and teaching




South Dakota State University