ERIC Number: ED364716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-10
Reference Count: N/A
State University of New York Staff Study on the Educational Opportunity Center Program. Report 93-D-16.
New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany. Div. of Management Audit.
A study reviewed selected aspects of the State University of New York's (SUNY) Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) program from April 1, 1988, through January 31, 1992. Objectives were to evaluate program cost and effectiveness and level of involvement of SUNY Central Administration's Office of Special Programs and sponsoring college officials in monitoring center operations and helping centers to improve program outcomes. The study focused on comparison of performance statistics reported from all program sites and observations at two selected sites in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Findings indicated that lack of adequate management oversight resulted in unnecessary expenditures and poor program outcomes. Review of transactions, contracts, a lease agreement, and other documents related to renovation of a facility rented by the Brooklyn Center disclosed about $1 million in state funds were spent without benefits received. Analyses of center costs per student program completion disclosed costs ranging from $2,966 to $8,564. Similar variances in program effectiveness statistics were reported: Buffalo placed 38 percent of its vocational students in jobs, whereas Brooklyn placed 7 percent. A major factor contributing to varying costs and results may have been that centers were not held accountable for their performance. Visits to the Brooklyn and Manhattan Centers showed that the centers greatly overstated program outcomes. (The full text of SUNY officials' response to this report is appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Cost Effectiveness, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employment Opportunities, Expenditure per Student, Job Placement, Job Training, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany. Div. of Management Audit.
Identifiers: Educational Opportunity Centers; New York