ERIC Number: ED348480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Productivity of Vocational/Technical Graduates.
Schroeder, Wayne E.
Fifty-three supervisors in private sector firms and public sector organizations in central Ohio responded to questions about 16 aspects of productivity in the workplace. The firms and organizations with which these supervisors were associated had a history of hiring vocational-technical education graduates as well as those who had pursued other educational programs. The supervisors were asked first to indicate how important to productivity were each of 16 aspects of productivity. The ratings of each supervisor were compiled into a composite score; the 16 aspects were then ranked in order according to their importance to productivity. The five indicators of most importance to productivity were quality of products/services; regular, prompt attendance; additional responsibility; teamwork; initiative; and personal discipline. On one indicator, preparation for work, a majority of supervisors considered vocational-technical graduates superior. On the other 15, 25-48% thought that vocational-technical graduates were more productive than other persons. The five indicators for which vocational-technical graduates compared most favorably were additional responsibility; teamwork; preparation for work; quality of products/services; and adaptability. Indicators for which vocational-technical graduates compare least favorably were motivating other workers; requiring less direct supervision; able to learn new skills; regular, prompt attendance; and personal discipline. (Participating central Ohio employers and secondary and postsecondary schools and colleges are listed.) (Author/YLB)
Descriptors: Efficiency, Employer Attitudes, Employment Experience, Employment Potential, Entry Workers, Graduates, Job Performance, Job Skills, Personnel Evaluation, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, Secondary Education, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Council on Vocational Education, Westerville.
Identifiers: Ohio (Central)