ERIC Number: ED120580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Program Approval Process in Illinois Community Colleges.
Dobrovolny, Jerry S.; Stark, Robert L.
The purpose of the study was to conduct a survey of all the public community colleges in Illinois to evaluate how the colleges develop and approve vocational-technical education programs. Objectives included evaluation of the criteria used in selection and approval of programs, getting information to improve management processes used in selecting the vocational programs offered, and determining how successfully the community colleges were providing postsecondary occupational education opportunities. Surveys were conducted through mailed questionnaires and by on-site visits. Evaluators with expertise in both occupational education and the Illinois community college system developed and mailed previsit survey instruments to each community college president. The resulting data were tabulated for manpower demand, student interest, program duplication, and program costs. The previsit instrument and the on-site questionnaire guide used by interviewers are appended. Nine recommendations for the program approval process for occupational education programs in the Illinois community colleges are listed, the most important being given as the gathering of manpower data through a model developed by a consortium of State agencies, balancing program offerings throughout the State, coordinating research activities, developing a statewide program of evaluation and followup, and sharing survey and cost models for program planning. (Author/MF)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Data Analysis, Educational Programs, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Methods Research, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Surveys, School Visitation, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Advisory Council on Vocational Education, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Midwest Educational Research Evaluation and Training Center, Champaign, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois