ERIC Number: ED212868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Adapting the New York State External High School Diploma Program to New Settings: Meeting the Challenge of Changing Federal Priorities.
The New York State External High School Diploma Program is a competency-based assessment system serving adults who can demonstrate both basic and life skills. It represents an alternative to the General Educational Development (GED) program for busy, working adults--offering flexibility in time, location, and mode of assessment. Developed in the early 1970s, the program was originally conceived as best serving its clients in a community-based setting. But in the face of a changed federal education policy and shrinking resources, the program's research staff conducted studies in cooperation with the New York State Education Department to determine the feasibility of adapting the program to new settings where costs could be shared. It was determined that the External Diploma Program could be housed in the state's Division of Continuing Education adult centers, with some changes in the procedures used for assessing clients, as well as with administrative changes. As a result, seven External Diploma Program sites, located in adult education centers, were funded through June 30, 1982. The goal of the instituted changes has been to institutionalize the External Diploma Program, widen its base of support, and make it more cost-efficient without compromising its integrity. How well this has been accomplished will be determined by an evaluation after the funding end-date. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Community Education, Continuing Education, Continuing Education Centers, Cooperative Programs, Extension Education, Federal State Relationship, High School Equivalency Programs, Nonschool Educational Programs, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Research Corp., Syracuse, NY.