ERIC Number: ED162079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Occupational Programs Evaluation System. 1977 Report: Program Areas.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.; Foothill-De Anza Community Coll. District, Los Altos Hills, CA.
A study was conducted to demonstrate the usefulness and effectiveness of the Community College Occupational Programs Evaluation System (COPES) in assessing program areas in California community colleges. The demonstration concentrated on two program areas, administration of justice and business occupations, and a statewide sample of eight colleges (a total of twenty-five schools participated) was selected for each of these two areas. From an analysis of information supplied by the schools, self-studies, and validation visits, it was possible to identify statewide strengths, weaknesses, critical needs for improvement, and inservice training needs. In the area of administration of justice the program's strength was found in the high degree of competency among the instructors while in the business occupations area it was in the facilities and equipment. Both areas were assessed as needing inservice education for faculty to provide adequate and up-to-date information on the labor market. All twenty-five colleges rated COPES' application to program areas favorably. The most often noted criticism was the brevity of validation visits; other areas in need of improvement were found to include interviewing techniques, reporting, and the writing of evaluation instruments. (Tables provide the ratings of COPES items for the two program areas while the appendixes contain rankings of program area needs and reactions by validation teams and by professionals at cooperating colleges to the use of COPES.) (ELG)
Descriptors: Business Education, Community Colleges, Demonstration Programs, Educational Assessment, Educational Needs, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Failure, Home Economics Education, Information Needs, Inservice Teacher Education, Justice, Needs Assessment, Program Evaluation, Program Validation, School Community Relationship, Success, Teacher Effectiveness, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.; Foothill-De Anza Community Coll. District, Los Altos Hills, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California