ERIC Number: ED161399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Towards Measuring the Success of Occupational Education. AIR Forum Paper 1978.
Clark, David H.
An important objective of many educational institutions is to prepare students for work. School officials need a "good" measure to know how effectively and efficiently their programs are meeting this objective. Three commonly used measures of measuring a school's performance are placement rates, the proportion of graduates in education-related jobs, and the internal rate of return. None of these three meet the criteria for a "good measure set out in this paper. Placement rates are too limited to be of any use. There are operational problems with the work-relatedness test but most importantly there is no consideration of costs. Rate of return is the best measure in concept but there are severe operational problems. A fourth measure, sometimes called the income-ratio, is suggested as an alternative. The ratio incorporates many of the good features of the usual measures and appears to provide the needed information and to meet the criteria of a "good" measure. (Author)
Descriptors: Accountability, Cost Effectiveness, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Objectives, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Income, Institutional Research, Measurement Techniques, Socioeconomic Status, Success, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual Association for Institutional Research Forum (18th, Houston, Texas, May 21-25, 1978)