ERIC Number: ED393015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational-Technical Education: A Matter of Access. An Evaluation of the Accessibility of Vocational-Technical Education.
Berkley, Annecia; And Others
A study was conducted in Georgia to determine if members of special populations have an equal opportunity to enter vocational-technical programs in the state and to examine support programs and services funded by the Perkins Act that assists members of special populations in successfully completing vocational-technical education programs. Data were gathered from Georgia educational planning documents, interviews with staff at the state department of education and the department of technical and adult education, and discussions with teachers from various school systems. The study found that at both the secondary and postsecondary levels, members of special populations appear to have an equal opportunity to enter vocational-technical education programs as readily as all other vocational students. In fiscal year 1993, 39 percent of the students enrolled in secondary and 37 percent in postsecondary vocational education courses were identified as members of special populations. In fiscal year 1994, the percentage of special population students enrolled increased to 44 percent in secondary vocational education courses and to 34 percent in postsecondary courses. Educationally and economically disadvantaged persons comprised the largest percentage of the special populations (about 33 percent of all students enrolled in vocational-technical programs in the state). The study also found that members of special populations appeared to be somewhat successful in completing vocational-technical education programs, with 42 percent of these students graduating from the postsecondary level in 1993. The study was unable to determine if any direct causal link exists between the support programs and services funded through the Perkins Act and the graduation rates lot members of special populations in postsecondary institutions. (Graduation rates for members of special populations enrolled in secondary vocational education programs were not available.) The research did reveal that services to members of special populations can be improved in funding and program evaluation. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Access to Education, Compliance (Legal), Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Federal Legislation, Postsecondary Education, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Special Needs Students, State Programs, Technical Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Council on Vocational Education, Atlanta.
Identifiers: Carl D Perkins Voc and Appl Techn Educ Act 1990; Georgia