ERIC Number: ED250542
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
New York State Education Information Centers Program. Summative Evaluation Report.
Jacobson, Marilyn D.
Seven pilot New York State Education Information Centers (EICs) were established in 1980 to provide comprehensive information referral and advisory services to adults and out-of-school youth on education, job, and career-related topics. The EICs are located in Brooklyn, Harlem, Hempstead, White Plains, Plattsburgh, Syracuse, and Jamestown. Last year nearly 65,000 New Yorkers received information and advice, assessed their goals and qualifications for employment, and initiated career actions necessary for their continued ability to perform in a complex world. The strength of New York's EIC program is based on two factors: the extensive collection of education and career-related materials available in a variety of formats and various levels of complexity in the libraries, and the EIC staff who serve as brokers providing advice, assessment, and advocacy for adults. Each EIC has been making a special effort to reach the disadvantaged, minorities, the rurally isolated, the incarcerated, and people in transition. The state legislature funded the program for an additional year with a goal of creating 22 such services by the year 2000. An out-of-state evaluation team that did a comprehensive summative evaluation concluded that the EIC program is a healthy and effective service that should be continued and expanded. The evaluation team synthesized data from reports and documents from the sites, documentation of policy and procedural changes, a client survey, and focus group interviews. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Education, Career Guidance, Educational Needs, Employment Opportunities, Information Centers, Information Dissemination, Information Services, Information Sources, Information Utilization, Library Services, Minority Groups, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Reference Services, State Programs, User Satisfaction (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Identifiers: Educational Information Centers; New York