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ERIC Number: ED161399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Pages: 14
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Towards Measuring the Success of Occupational Education. AIR Forum Paper 1978.
Clark, David H.
An important objective of many educational institutions is to prepare students for work. School officials need a "good" measure to know how effectively and efficiently their programs are meeting this objective. Three commonly used measures of measuring a school's performance are placement rates, the proportion of graduates in education-related jobs, and the internal rate of return. None of these three meet the criteria for a "good measure set out in this paper. Placement rates are too limited to be of any use. There are operational problems with the work-relatedness test but most importantly there is no consideration of costs. Rate of return is the best measure in concept but there are severe operational problems. A fourth measure, sometimes called the income-ratio, is suggested as an alternative. The ratio incorporates many of the good features of the usual measures and appears to provide the needed information and to meet the criteria of a "good" measure. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the annual Association for Institutional Research Forum (18th, Houston, Texas, May 21-25, 1978)