ERIC Number: ED164995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Determining and Validating Barriers to Post-Secondary Vocational, Technical and Adult Education Programs in Wisconsin. Final Report.
Farning, Max; Borden, Sally
A consortium of five Wisconsin Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education (VTAE) Districts (Gateway, Indianhead, Mid-State, Milwaukee, and Southwest) were utilized to identify, verify, and alleviate barriers to enrollment. A VTAE survey in 1976 identified six major reasons for individuals' failing to attend school after indicating an interest in doing so: postponement of schooling, need to earn money, inability to decide, finding a permanent job, lack of financial aids, and transportation problems. Each district conducted a 1977 survey to verify and/or identify barriers. Most verified that "inability to decide" was a major factor in not attending a VTAE school. Gateway District used intervention techniques/no intervention to test the effects of increased information on student's decision to attend. The control group (no intervention) surprisingly had the highest percentage registration. Indianhead District reported that instructor contact and school mailings reduced "no shows." Mid-State District discovered that the percentage of those attending at a later date could be increased 1% by informational mailings. Unlike the 1976 survey, the Milwaukee District survey found the most important reason for not attending was acceptance at another school. The Southwest District survey showed that job security, need for money, career indecisiveness, and program difficulties were main enrollment barriers. (CSS)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission (School), Adult Vocational Education, Conflict Resolution, Consortia, Decision Making, Educational Demand, Enrollment Influences, Financial Problems, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Student Attitudes, Student Costs, Surveys, Technical Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Mid-State Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education District, WIconsin Rapids, WI.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to light print in the original document