ERIC Number: ED169998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jan-12
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Open Entry-Open Exit Programs in Vocational Education. Institutional Research Report No. 78/79-6.
Ferguson, R. Travis
A study was conducted at Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College to determine the viability of open entry-open exit enrollment in vocational programs. Interviews were conducted with vocational education personnel at two campuses to determine the fulfillment of student objectives, drop-out rates, and graduate job placement in five programs (auto mechanics, machine shop, industrial electricity, and welding programs at both campuses). In 1977-78, the five programs were attended by 285 students, of whom 207 took advantage of the open entry-open exit policy and enrolled at other than the semester enrollment periods. Of these students, 99 continued in the program and graduated meeting all program requirements. Employment was not desired in the occupation for which they had trained by 18 graduates. The overall placement of those desiring employment was 97.53%. Of the original 285 students, 136 withdrew or dropped out; 70 for reasons of employment and 35 for reasons judged to be justifiable. Only 21 students dropped or withdrew due to lack of interest or excessive absences. A substantial number of the non-graduates obtained desired employment. Conclusions drawn from the study supported the open entry-open exit policy, as it enabled more students to be served. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior Coll., Perkinston.