ERIC Number: ED195810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Report on the Model Tuition Assistance Demonstration Projects. The Worker Education and Training Policies Project.
National Inst. for Work and Learning, Washington, DC.
Three demonstration projects were conducted to determine if worker attitudes toward and participation in employer- or union-sponsored tuition assistance (TA) programs could be favorably influenced by information dissemination, counseling, and links to area educational institutions. Model I consisted only of information dissemination about the availability of TA; Model II (which was not completed) added counseling on site; and Model III consisted of all three variables. The research design involved sampling random cross sections of workers before and after the introduction and operation of a model program at the sites. The data collected showed that the model interventions had significant positive impacts on workers' knowledge of the existence of the tuition aid benefit and how to use it, on the delivery of information to workers, and on workers' attitudes toward education, training, and their companies and unions. The demonstration projects also encouraged labor-management-education cooperation and fostered changes in the administration of the TA benefit. Recommendations include that employers and unions provide information and counseling about TA to their employees/members; that they cooperate more with educational institutions to provide education meeting worker needs; that changes in the administration of TA plans be made; and that further research, including longitudinal studies and case studies, be done. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Cooperation, Counseling, Demonstration Programs, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employers, Information Dissemination, Labor Education, Labor Force Development, Labor Relations, Models, School Business Relationship, Training Allowances, Tuition Grants, Unions, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Work and Learning, Washington, DC.