ERIC Number: ED100459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
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Public and Proprietary Vocational Training: A Study of Effectiveness.
Wilms, Wellford W.
A study was designed to test the effectiveness of 21 public and 29 proprietary schools in four large metropolitan areas by following 2270 graduates from six large and fast-growing occupational programs into the labor market and assessing their success. Average proprietary instructional costs were 35 percent less than public costs: they concentrated on specific, short, intensive job training and tended to work their teachers more and to pay them less. Proprietary schools recruited and seemed to hold the less-advantaged student better. Other findings include: (1) Only 2 of 10 graduates of either kind of school who chose professional or technical-level training ever got those jobs; (2) Almost 8 of 10 graduates of either kind of school who chose lower-level clerical or service worker programs got those jobs, but most earned less than the federal minimum wage; (3) Public and proprietary school graduates had about the same occupational success, after controlling for differences in their backgrounds; (4) Female graduates always earned less than male graduates and ethnic minorities generally earned less than Whites in the same jobs; (5) Apparently because they paid twenty times more for their courses, proprietary school graduates were generally less satisfied than their public counterparts. Recommendations for improvement are made. (Author/DC)
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employment Statistics, Participant Satisfaction, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Proprietary Schools, Student Characteristics, Student Costs, Teacher Salaries, Teaching Load, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Wages
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.