ERIC Number: ED344073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug-9
Reference Count: N/A
Inventory and Assessment of Vocational Education for Inmates and Ex-Offenders. Final Report.
Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Public Policy Resources Lab.
A project developed an inventory of postsecondary vocational training programs for inmates and ex-offenders in Texas and conducted an assessment of the available programs. Constructing the inventory involved obtaining information on all educational offerings in correctional facilities from the Educational Program Clearinghouse's incarcerated database, correctional facilities themselves, Job Training Partnership Act administrative agencies, and others. The assessment of vocational programs used a multiple case study approach involving indepth site visits with two federal agencies, four Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Divisions, one county agency, and three private contract institutions. Educational coordinators, programs instructors, and students were interviewed. Two-year colleges played an important role in providing most of the credit courses; at least one-third of the most frequently offered courses were closely related to the state's priority occupations. Most programs had open enrollment, and instructors covered the same material and curriculum as covered in equivalent institution-based courses. Faculty qualifications were comparable to instructors teaching on college campuses, and most facilities and equipment were adequate. (Appendixes include a 13-item bibliography, instruments, and inventories of postsecondary vocational training programs presented by type of program, institution name, and geographic location.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Public Policy Resources Lab.