ERIC Number: ED186673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Organization, Structure and Financing of Vocational Education: 1987.
Seckendorf, Robert S.
A study identified forces and factors that may emerge and influence the future of vocational education. While states may vary structure, organization, extensiveness, and resulting impact, the basic purpose of vocational education continues to be preparation for work. It also has the broad goals of the larger education system to be responsive to constantly changing social requirements. Past national influences have included federal legislation separating it from education in general by selective financing and emphasis on special populations. Critical factors in its future organization and structure are population trends and nature of the labor force. Considering available financial resources and economic pressures, possible enrollment is predicted to be lower at the secondary level, higher at the postsecondary. Possible cost predictions range from $4.35 billion (1976 level) to $5.25 billion, with federal funds representing (still) 10.9%. Past federal financial support has primarily been distributed by population. Federal shares of financial vocational education must be increased to equalize cost, which then would allow states to increase support for new or expanded programs for other groups. The federal government must also consider the states' ability to support vocational education and the need for additional funds to provide for special needs groups. (YLB)
Descriptors: Costs, Economic Factors, Educational Finance, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Projections, Expenditure per Student, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Government School Relationship, Labor Force, Long Range Planning, Organization, Population Trends, Prediction, Social Influences, State Aid, State Federal Aid, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.