ERIC Number: ED206933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
A Study to Design and Implement Employer-Based Evaluation of 1980 Vocational Education Completers and Leavers. Final Report.
Loiacono, Ronald A.; Stribling, Thomas B.
A study was conducted to design a set of procedures for complying with the federal mandate for an employer followup of vocational education students. Procedures, designed on the basis of existing literature and federal guidelines, were pilot tested in two ways--one local-program based, the other local-program and state-agency based. The two methods of data collection were compared for rate of return reliability and cost effectiveness. Sample groups included local education agencies, vocational-technical schools, and postsecondary institutions with approved vocational education programs. A low participation rate by schools and a set of comments on the survey by participating and nonparticipating schools suggested that local vocational educators viewed the survey as an imposition not offset by achieved results. Fewer students were followed up in Pilot One than in Pilot Two. This indicated a possible lack of enthusiasm by Pilot One schools. Results also demonstrated when local vocational educators contacted employers they obtained a higher rate of response. When based on the universe slated for followup, however, the response rate was higher for state-level followup. There was little significant difference between the two pilots when compared for cost effectiveness. (Attachments include correspondence and survey instruments.) (YLB)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Comparative Analysis, Compliance (Legal), Cost Effectiveness, Data Collection, Dropouts, Educational Research, Federal Legislation, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Graduates, High School Graduates, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Reliability, Return on Investment, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Data Guide, Inc., Monroe, CT.
Identifiers: Employer Surveys