ERIC Number: ED368962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Funding Vocational Education. A Study To Enhance Employability Standards of Students in New Mexico.
Swift, Doug; And Others
A study was conducted to determine the costs of vocational education programs in excess of, or in addition to, the costs of "regular" education for grades 7-12 in New Mexico. Data were gathered through a literature review, a study of vocational education funding formulas of other states; a review of the data from the New Mexico Vocational-Technical Information System for 1991-92 and from vocational programs in the state; visits to exemplary vocational education in and out of state; and interaction with an advisory committee formed for the project. The study identified the following characteristics of high quality programs: (1) enthusiastic teachers; (2) a goal of education for a career; (3) individualized instruction; (4) mastery of specified competencies and high expectations; (5) involvement of business and industry; (6) student organizations; (7) involvement in competency events; (8) articulation between secondary and postsecondary programs; (9) integration of academic and vocational curriculum; (10) up-to-date equipment and computers; and (11) the presence of a local vocational director. Insufficient data were developed to determine a dollar amount for the additional cost of vocational education or a ratio of cost of vocational education to the cost of regular education, although the data pointed to supplies and materials, student organizations, space, and equipment as increasing the costs of vocational education. Recommendations were made to change the funding formula for vocational education, to request annual appropriations for equipment, to encourage shared skill development programs and vocational supervisors between school districts, to develop a comprehensive plan for vocational education, and to develop an accounting system to track funding to various types of programs. (The report's five appendixes list the validation committee and advisory committee members, provide the survey instrument and responses, and include U.S. Office of Education Codes. The report has 9 tables and contains 34 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe. Div. of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Alpha Connection, Albuquerque, NM.
Identifiers: New Mexico