ERIC Number: ED371133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Quantitative Assessment of Needs in Vocational-Technical Education in Iowa.
Lewis, Morgan V.
The Iowa State Plan for Vocational Education received conditional approval pending a new needs assessment that would be deemed responsive to Section 116 of the Perkins Act, which mandates needs assessment of vocational-technical (VT) programs. The U.S. Department of Education prepared instruments assessing the degree to which Iowa's VT programs incorporate 12 fundamental criteria (each of which encompassed between 4 and 55 indicators) derived from the Perkins Act. The instruments were sent to all education agencies in Iowa eligible to receive Perkins Act funds. Responses were received from 350 school districts, 14 community colleges, and 1 area educational agency. A ranking technique that established a priority order for the 12 criteria was developed and used to analyze the responses. A generally high degree of agreement between the original qualitative and new quantitative assessments was found. Linkage between secondary and postsecondary institutions emerged as the highest priority need in both needs assessments. Increased integration of academic and vocational education, which was cited as a priority need in the original assessment, was included in the new assessment as an indicator only under the criterion "integration of academic and vocational education and service to special populations." (A ranked list of the 12 criteria is included.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center on Education and Training for Employment.
Identifiers: Carl D Perkins Voc and Appl Techn Educ Act 1990; Iowa