ERIC Number: ED240321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Utilizing Federal Reporting Requirements to Generate Useful Data at the Local Level: Creating an Open-Book Data Base.
Carifio, James; Shwedel, Allan
Various procedures, technologies, and products were developed by the Massachusetts Board of Regents and the Massachusetts Community Colleges in implementing the student followup component of the Vocational Education Data System (VEDS). The Board of Regents took the lead in coordinating the VEDS followup study among the 15 state-supported community colleges. A key feature of the followup study planning sessions was discussion about collecting useful information beyond the minimum required for the VEDS report. An open-book database approach was adopted instead of minimal compliance with federal regulations. An operational analysis of the outcomes from the process included the organizational planning and structure that evolved from the groundwork for this project, the project products such as applications software, and operational difficulties encountered in implementing the project (content validity, confidentiality, and access). Data analyses were conducted at several different levels to produce reports for the federal government, state educational agencies, and the community colleges. (Selected aspects of these analyses are summarized.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Massachusetts; Vocational Education Data System
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Educational Research Association (Ellenville, NY, October 26-28, 1983).