ERIC Number: ED177278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
An Untapped Resource: Negotiated Tuition-Aid in the Private Sector.
Charner, Ivan; And Others
Tuition aid plans that are contained in negotiated labor contracts covering one thousand or more workers were analyzed to describe their characteristics, identify barriers to worker participation, and recognize the benefits of giving employees financial aid to pursue courses offered on or off company or union premises. Procedures included a review of literature on the educational activities of workers and development of a conceptual framework for the process of tuition-aid utilization involving society, employers, unions, workers, and educators. Information was collected from matched pairs of fifty company and union officials and from 910 workers covered by the same contracts. Based on results, it is estimated that 1,600,000 workers are covered under 198 different negotiated tuition aid plans. Four types of plans were identified: tuition advancement or reimbursement, educational leave and leave-of-absence, training funds, and scholarship and educational loans. From the findings on the nature of negotiated tuition-aid in the private sector and the problems and barriers related to its use by workers, program and policy recommendations were formulated. Program recommendations focus on the need for new information delivery systems, for better counseling services, and for improvement of linkage between work site and educational providers. Policy recommendations point up need for additional research on aid and educational opportunities for adult workers, for a federal interagency panel on labor education, for greater collaboration between those initiating or operating tuition plans, and for better understanding of the issues by all members of society. (JT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Adults, Business, Collective Bargaining, Contracts, Employee Attitudes, Employees, Employer Attitudes, Employers, Fringe Benefits, Industrial Training, Labor Education, National Surveys, Research Reports, Student Financial Aid, Surveys, Tables (Data), Unions
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Manpower Inst., Washington, DC.