ERIC Number: ED042903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Labor Markets, Incentives and Occupational Education. Center Research Monograph No. 3.
Fearn, Robert M.
Although the major factors determining curriculum mix are known, little has been done to measure the relative importance of each factor. Using the data gathered by questionnaire from North Carolina community colleges and technical institutes, this study tested the hypotheses that local labor market structures influence curricular offerings, and that budgetary allocation procedures within the educational system create internal monetary incentives which affect curricular offerings. Least squares regression analysis indicated that curricular offerings were positively related to absolute size of the "using" industry but negatively related to its relative size. Data received from the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges confirmed the second hypothesis, that curriculum mix is affected by the local administrators' budgetary allocations. This can result in a drift in curriculum away from optimality toward a position more "profitable" to the local administrator in terms of budgetary considerations. (BH)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Center for Occupational Education.