ERIC Number: ED347290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Integration of Academic and Vocational Programs in Illinois Community Colleges. The Status of Integration Activities Funded through the Quality Assurance Program.
Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Quality Assurance Program (QAP) integration activities were studied at eight Illinois community and junior colleges. Data collection involved telephone interviews with career deans at the colleges, 11 follow-up site observations, and attendance at a regional vocational education system directors meeting. When classroom observations occurred, evaluations were based on the amount of class time devoted to integrating academic skills into the instruction. The following information was collected for each school: the school's philosophical approach to integration, objectives developed to implement those philosophies, the school's performance criteria for their objectives, and various successes and problems that were occurring. The eight sites fell into three basic categories: those with broad and successful implementation, those with successful implementation in certain areas, and those with very limited success. General conclusions are as follows: (1) at some schools, the integration component of QAP was so thoroughly merged with Tech Prep and other local and state sponsored initiatives that it was impossible to say that one aspect of integration was totally QAP related; (2) those with the greatest problems were furthest along and working to resolve them; (3) a variety of approaches to integration existed; (4) some colleges successfully offered courses in ways other colleges had found impractical; and (5) virtually all instructors who came into contact with the concept of integration supported the idea. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Dept. of Adult, Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Identifiers: Illinois; Quality Assurance