ERIC Number: ED214603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of the Involvement of the LACCD [Los Angeles Community College District] in Contract Education for Foreign Students: Completed as Part of the Feasibility Study Directed toward the Improvement of Occupational/Technical Education in the San Fernando Valley.
Hoeck, Jeanne; MacDougall, Peter R.
As part of a study to determine the feasibility of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) contracting with foreign countries to provide technical education and training, structured interviews were conducted with community colleges currently participating in contract education for third world countries. Twelve colleges, including the nine schools in the Community College Cooperative for International Development, Inc., were contacted and asked to provide information about program development, positive and negative experiences, and program costs. Interview questions addressed four major areas: general information, student personnel service, instructional services, and administration. The interviews revealed that the range of experience with foreign countries varied greatly. For example, in metropolitan areas enrollment of foreign students could be over 1,000, while in isolated areas enrollments were rarely over 12 students. The benefits to the colleges included direct financial gains in terms of tuition, administrative expenditures, and expenditures in the community, and intangible benefits acquired through intellectual stimulation and the representation of diverse cultures on campus. Foreign students were primarily interested in vocational education programs. The study report includes recommendations for implementing contract education in general and specifically at the LACCD. Interview schedules and related materials are appended. (KL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Community Coll. District, CA.