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ERIC Number: ED133512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec-31
Reference Count: 0
MERC Report: State Management Evaluation Reviews for Compliance. Final Report.
Sierra Planning and Research Associates, Reno, NV.
A process assessment was conducted to determine the effectiveness of the procedure used by the Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education, U.S. Office of Education (USOE), in conducting State Management Evaluation Reviews for Compliance (MERC) with Federal legislation and regulations governing public vocational and adult education programs. The purpose was to assure that the continuation of the MERC process be of greatest value to the future relationship between Federal and State agencies. The objectives of this assessment were: (1) To determine the feasibility of continuing the program, (2) to determine ways to improve the process, (3) to identify cost to States for the review, (4) to identify benefits to the States, and (5) to identify benefits to USOE. Utilizing a structured interview approach, Sierra Planning and Research Associates (SPRA) contacted personnel in 5 of the 13 States which had been reviewed by MERC. SPRA also interviewed personnel in six regional offices and various personnel from the central USOE. Additionally, SPRA observed the MERC review in Idaho. A total of 87 persons were interviewed by SPRA, and data from these various sources yielded 14 recommendations which are categorized as follows: (1) The MERC process should be better organized, (2) communications should be improved among all personnel, (3) the MERC process should be reviewed periodically to remove or alter unsuitable items, and (4) the process should be systematized through the development and usage of a procedures manual. The general conclusion of the investigators is that the MERC process should be continued on a regular basis as practically all the people interviewed held the concept of MERC in esteem. (Author/HD)
Descriptors: Administration, Administrative Agencies, Adult Education, Adult Programs, Attitudes, Educational Legislation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Interviews, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Standards, State Programs, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Sierra Planning and Research Associates, Reno, NV.