ERIC Number: ED341447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Minority Opportunities in Vocational Education (MOVED). A Research Report.
El Paso Community Coll., TX.
This document describes a 2-year study on students and faculty perceptions of factors that enhance or impede student progress in the successful completion of a Technical-Occupational Program in four public community colleges and one technical college in Texas. Initiated in 1989, the Assessing Minority Opportunities in Vocational Education project of the El Paso Community College District (EPCCD) involved the collection and analysis of data from minority students and faculty regarding their perceptions of those college practices that enhance and/or impede technical-occupational student completion rates. Survey instruments were distributed to 360 minority faculty and 2,439 minority students in technical-occupational programs at the two-year colleges mentioned above. During the second year of the project, modified surveys were administered to 565 white non-Hispanic faculty and 2,322 white non-Hispanic students at the same institutions. The institutions were selected because they represented nearly 50% (474 of 977) of the minority technical-occupational faculty in the state. Usable surveys were returned by 224 minority faculty (62.2%) and 342 white faculty (60.5%), while 425 minority students (17.4%) and 581 white students (25%) returned usable surveys. The student surveys examined demographic variables; reasons for entering programs; satisfaction with remediation, college programs, and services; self-reported basic skills levels; perceptions concerning the qualities of good instructors; and reasons for persisting to program completion. The faculty surveys were developed to examine faculty perceptions of the same variables (e.g., "from your minority students' point of view, how would you rate the following services..."). Based on study findings, recommendations were developed for further demographic research; improving faculty involvement with students, for recruiting more underrepresented minority students into specific programs; increasing retention services; and tailoring financial aid programs to those in technical/occupational course tracks. This project report includes a review of work-force data; an examination of student retention factors; a detailed analysis of survey results; study recommendations; data tables; the survey instruments; and a 38-item bibliography. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Ethnic Distribution, Ethnic Groups, Institutional Characteristics, Minority Groups, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Authoring Institution: El Paso Community Coll., TX.