ERIC Number: ED231473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Reducing Postsecondary Vocational Student Attrition: A Handbook Including an Action Plan Model.
Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Div. of Vocational Education.
Based on studies of student attrition at Mid-Florida Technical Institute (MFTI) and Valencia Community College (VCC), this handbook presents an action plan model for the identification of reasons students fail to complete postsecondary vocational programs. Introductory material reviews the purpose of the handbook (i.e., to assist program administrators at school, local, and district levels in dealing with vocational student attrition), the need addressed by the MFTI and VCC studies (i.e., a 63% dropout rate in postsecondary vocational programs in Orange County), and the process used in the development of the handbook. Next, the steps involved in the action plan model are outlined, including selection of personnel to work on the project, discussion of the problem, appointment of a project facilitator, development of plans, collection of background information, preparation of the survey instrument, determination of study methodology, identification of the population to be surveyed, scheduling of interviews, selection and training of interviewers, conduct of the survey, analysis of the data, preparation and distribution of the study report, and remediation of program deficiencies. The bulk of the handbook consists of appendices which list materials used in the study and contributing institutions, contain the survey instrument, and provide MFTI and VCC student follow-up survey results and suggested actions for reducing attrition at these schools. (HB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Program Improvement, Questionnaires, Research Design, School Holding Power, School Surveys, Student Attrition, Technical Institutes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Div. of Vocational Education.
Identifiers: Mid Florida Technical Institute; Valencia Community College FL