ERIC Number: ED161372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Job Related Measures of Educational Effectiveness. AIR Forum Paper 1978.
Clark, David H.
Job-related measures of the educational effectiveness of an institution are critiqued. Three criteria of job-related measures are: the measure's ability to discriminate between the performance that can be attributed to the program being studied compared to what might have happened if there were no program, and whether the measure is economic. Empirical material from a followup of graduates from Southern Maine and Northern Maine Vocational Technical Institutes is presented for illustration. One technique for judging the effectiveness of a school is to ascertain how many of its graduates get jobs. A second measure of a school's effectiveness is whether most of its graduates are "using" their education. A third approach to a school's effectiveness is the internal rate of return, which treats education as an investment and evaluates the investment by comparing benefits with costs. Objections to rate of return studies are discussed. Another measure of educational effectiveness, the income cost ratio, is described in an appendix. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Northern Maine Technical Institute; Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute
Note: Paper presented at the annual Association for Institutional Research Forum (18th, Houston, Texas, May 21-25, 1978)