ERIC Number: ED220685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Vocational Education Special Projects in California Community Colleges. Issues and Implications.
Auvil, Mary S.
A follow-up study was conducted to investigate the long-term impact of using nearly $8 million of vocational education special-project funds in California community colleges. The study did not evaluate the projects themselves but assessed what had occurred afterward as a result of the funding. That is, the project identified and described program improvements brought about by changes or modification in college policies, administrative practices, instructional programs, and student outcomes that might be attributed to the special projects. Research activities included a review of project files from the Chancellor's Office and the State Department of Education; telephone and in-person interviews with representatives of the projects; a sample survey of project beneficiaries; and consultant-assisted site visits to a representative sample of the projects. Findings showed that about half of the money spent by the Chancellor's Office during 1977-79 was claimed by projects that have had a significant long-term impact in California community colleges. These were project services or programs initiated with vocational education project funds that had been continued at the institutions where they were implemented; personnel training activities that had contributed to the improvement of vocational education and related services at participants' colleges; and products and services that had been used by intended beneficiaries statewide. In addition, about one-fourth of the funds were used by projects where the long-term benefits were only marginal. The remaining funds were claimed by projects for which no evidence of lasting impact was found, although they may have had an impact while they were in operation. Issues were identified and recommendations were made for more efficient use of funds for similar projects in the future. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers: California; Vocational Education Amendments 1976