ERIC Number: ED135974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug-11
Reference Count: 0
Report on Veterans' Responses to VA Educational Assistance Programs. A Report of the General Accounting Office Submitted to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs United States Senate. 94th Congress, 2nd Session. Senate Committee Print No. 50.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Veteran's Affairs.
From a sample of 15,000 veterans, 6,141 responded to a series of questionnaires developed to gather information to assess the effectiveness of the veterans' education program (authorized by the Veterans' Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966). Responses indicated that generally, a veteran entered training for one of three reasons--to earn a degree, certificate, license, etc., to learn a new skill to obtain a better job, or to improve skills related to his/her current job. While percentages differ significantly depending on the type of training taken, overall, about 40% of the respondents having terminated their GI bill training said they did not achieve their primary training objective. Veterans who took apprentice, other on the job, and graduate level college training said they achieved their objective most often. Correspondence, vocational/technical, and high school trainees indicated that they achieved their objective least often. While the strength of the relationship varies depending on the type of training, statistical techniques used to analyze veterans' responses indicated for all types of training that there was a definite relationship between the veteran's status as a completer or noncompleter and whether he/she achieved his/her primary goal. Other results are presented for the areas of employment after training, earnings after training, usefulness of training, counseling, and tutorial assistance. The appendix contains an example of one of the questionnaires used in the study. (SH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Veteran's Affairs.
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