ERIC Number: ED206807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of ADVANCE: A Nontraditional Adult Diploma Program.
An evaluation of Project ADVANCE (Adult Diploma Validating and Accrediting Necessary Competence and Experiences), an adult competency-based high school completion program, was conducted to determine program effectiveness, as viewed subjectively by recent graduates and present students. Personal interviews and/or questionnaires were given to 31 of the 34 first graduates of the program (1980), 19 present students, and several instructors and administrators of the Mounds View Community Education Department. Overall, graduates and students were extremely satisfied with the ADVANCE program, and teachers and administrators were supportive. The graduates and students were appreciative of the close relationship with the teachers that the program provided, and felt that the program definitely had a significant impact on their lives, both by the attainment of a diploma and the increased self-esteem gained through participating in the program and reaching personal goals. Students who had dropped out did so for personal reasons (finances, schedule conflicts, etc.) and not for any disappointment with the program. Half of those dropouts who were interviewed intended to return to the program. Evaluation of program content showed that the unique features of ADVANCE were the individualized diploma planning process, the assessment-of-experiential-learning program, and the performance-based curriculum. On the basis of the study, it was recommended that information about ADVANCE be disseminated; replication and implementation must remain a local decision. (KC)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Adult Education, Competency Based Education, Dropout Programs, Educational Certificates, Experiential Learning, High School Equivalency Programs, High School Graduates, Nontraditional Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Attitudes, Student Certification
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Div. of Instruction.