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ERIC Number: ED381635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
What Minnesota Postsecondary Learners Require of Schools. Report of Work Group Discussions. Town Meeting (Summer 1994).
Rominger, Duane A.; Dillon, Brenda M.
Twenty-one students and 15 staff members of 8 technical colleges attended a meeting to discuss the question, "What do technical college students want or need from school?" Participants were divided into four groups of students and two groups of instructors and staff members. Each group worked with two facilitators who presented the group with a series of questions; each question increasingly focused the participants' attention toward the main question. Three themes from the student groups set the context for their responses: participants' definitions of success, reasons students attend technical college, and the image of technical school students. The four topical themes from the student groups were as follows: technical college structure and service issues, personal barriers and aids to success in a technical college, school-to-work transition issues, and the effect of the merger of Minnesota's postsecondary education systems, scheduled for July 1995. Major themes from the faculty and staff work group discussion were as follows: differences in students and their needs according to location of school, technical college structure and service issues, personal barriers and aids to success in technical college, concerns of mature students, student expectations of self and school, and school-to-work transition issues. (Results of a participant evaluation of the town meeting are included. Facilitator questions and prompts are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Goal Orientation, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Student Needs, Success, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
State Council on Vocational Technical Education, 366 Jackson Street, Suite 314, St. Paul, MN 55101 (alternate formats such as large print or cassette tape available upon request).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Council on Vocational Technical Education, St. Paul.
Note: For the report on secondary learners, see CE 068 726.