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ERIC Number: ED181980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan-29
Reference Count: 0
Energy Education Program Development in Two-Year Postsecondary Institutions: A Look at National Surveys.
Mahoney, James R.
This report examines energy-related vocational programs at two-year colleges and discusses the factors to be considered in the future development of these programs. The report first presents the major findings of five surveys conducted between 1975 and 1979 to determine the number of degree and certificate programs offered in energy-related areas. Two tentative conclusions based on these results are: (1) that the number of degree and certificate programs remained stable due to a variety of factors including the traditional conservatism of higher education, the time required to move from program conception to implementation, and a lack of information on energy technology skill requirements; and (2) that the number of non-degree, informational programs increased. The report then discusses the need to plan energy-related education within the societal context of the college's service district, taking into consideration area employment and economic development. The findings of a study conducted in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York, to determine the probable economic impact of energy conservation and solar energy utilization are cited examples of surveys of the kind of information needed by colleges in planning energy vocation programs. The report concludes that until more such information is available, the current emphasis on non-degree programs is appropriate. (JP)
Descriptors: College Programs, Community Colleges, Credit Courses, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Energy, Energy Conservation, Information Needs, Labor Needs, Lasers, National Surveys, Noncredit Courses, Petroleum Industry, Program Development, Research Reviews (Publications), Retraining, Solar Radiation, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.