ERIC Number: ED158806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Identification of Competencies and Implementation of Pilot Programs to Realize Goals in Vocational Education, 1975-1978. Final Report.
Poorman, Margaret J.; Fleckenstein, Randall C.
Kirkwood Community College, with an enrollment of 4,200 full-time students, received Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) funds to address the problems of (1) the lock step nature of most of its occupational programs, (2) an attrition rate of approximately 15%, (3) once-a-year placement of graduates, (4) employer and graduates' dissatisfaction with the human relations and problem solving skills of former students, and (5) insufficient use of the expertise of the business and industrial community in the design and evaluation of occupational programs. A program was created to develop a competency-based curriculum in six vocational-technical programs and to establish a developmental math and reading program. The three-year project alleviated and in most cases solved four of the five problems addressed. The only problem seemingly not affected was the attrition rate of students. The instructional and developmental programs were found enjoyable and beneficial by students; placement and employer satisfaction with graduates was higher; and business and industry became more involved in the educational process. An appendix includes evaluation modules, survey instruments and results, and lists of materials. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kirkwood Community Coll., Cedar Rapids, IA.