ERIC Number: ED181285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Planning Design for Conducting a National Survey of the Differential Cost of Vocational Education. Final Report [and] Executive Summary.
Educational Management Services, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
A study was conducted to develop a comprehensive program costing model for vocational education. This model produced a comparison between the cost of operating a given vocational program and the average aggregate cost of operating all basic education programs. The model is applicable for both the secondary and postsecondary level programs and can distinguish costs among different types of institutions. A second major goal of the study was to field test the forms and procedures of the model as well as any new forms and procedures developed as a result of the modification made for the education of the handicapped. A third goal was to define an appropriate sampling procedure for conducting a nationwide survey. Instrumentation and procedures were field tested at nine pilot sites. Methods of data collection were tested to determine the receptivity and burden upon the local school agencies (LEAs) and to determine the accuracy of data collected. A sampling plan for conducting a nationwide survey was developed, and burden-and-cost estimates for conducting a nationwide survey were projected. (Detailed results of the field test and the development of the sampling plan are included in this final report.) Some of the conclusions were as follow: the differential cost model is a complicated but appropriate means for determining cost differentials; data collection burden upon LEA personnel is directly related to type of data collection strategy utilized; and level of program cost aggregation will significantly affect cost-and-burden estimates for conducting a national survey. (BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Management Services, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
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