ERIC Number: ED164045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-8
Reference Count: 0
Federally Mandated Evaluation of Vocational Programs: One College's Response.
Stevenson, Mike; Walleri, R. Dan
The process and findings of the evaluation of seven of the 52 vocational preparatory programs at Mount Hood Community College are described with a focus on demonstrating the feasibility, utility, and problems associated with making program evaluations meet both internal needs and federal requirements. Summaries of data collected are provided in areas of: (1) students' evaluation of course quality; (2) students' ratings of the college's efforts to advise them, prepare them for employment, and place them; (3) job relatedness ratings of programs and subsequent employment/schooling from students; (4) manpower demand and supply data from the state; (5) placement forecasts from students, employers, instructors, and division heads; (6) student job performance ratings from employers; (7) job satisfaction ratings from students; and (8) program cost data from Information Exchange Procedures. The seven programs studied were medical secretary, electronic engineering, electronic servicing, civil engineering, operating room technician, television production, and machine shop. Although data were collected which could be used as indicators of possible program modification, and the feasibility of combining internal evaluation needs with federal requirements was established, the low response rates from students and employers made statistical inference impossible. (MB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Curriculum Evaluation, Federal Regulation, Graduate Surveys, Information Needs, Institutional Research, Labor Needs, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mount Hood Community Coll., Gresham, OR.