ERIC Number: ED230767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Identification of Recruitment Barriers to Vocational Training Programs as Perceived by Students, Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators in Selected Florida Schools. Phase II. Final Report: Project No. 3-2D31 from July 1, 1982 to June 30, 1983.
Waltz, Freddie C.; And Others
This study was conducted to develop a means for implementing proven recruitment strategies to attract and retain students in postsecondary vocational programs in Florida. In order to achieve this purpose, the following objectives were set: (1) to identify methods to overcome the most significant barriers to student retention identified by students, administrators, teachers, and counselors as reported by Scanlon, Arrington, Cheek, and Beeman (1982); (2) to develop alternative strategies for student recruitment that address specific barriers identified by vocational school dropouts and reenrollees; and (3) to develop a model for implementing alternative recruitment and retention strategies in vocational programs. Through a survey of national leaders in vocational education, six states were identified as leaders in postsecondary vocational edcuation, and state directors from these states identified exemplary projects. Local administrators of these exemplary programs were interviewed by telephone to ascertain strategies to overcome the identified barriers to student retention. These strategies were synthesized into a survey instrument through which a national sample of vocational administrators were asked to assess the degree of implementation and success of these strategies. It was found that 13 major barriers to students completing vocational training exist; 45 strategies have been used successfully to address these barriers. The most successful strategies usually were the innovative ones. Based on the data collected, a model for student recruitment and retention was developed. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Note: For a related document, see ED 218 471.