ERIC Number: ED222703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A National Human Resource Development Policy: The Role of Postsecondary Vocational Education. Occasional Paper No. 83.
Problems of the American economy can be eased by developing a national economic policy based upon human resource development and training. Ten observations on economics can be made as they relate to human resource development and the role of two-year institutions in that area. The poor national economic performance is connected to continued use of worn-out economic policies. People must be encouraged to be trained, not because they are poor, but because they are untapped human resources. More research is needed in the area of how to encourage greater investment in human resource development. Employment growth, currently concentrated in the service sector, must be shifted. Specific steps should be taken to alleviate the discrepancy between high unemployment and skilled worker shortages. The cycle must be completed from new technology to reduced prices to higher quality in order to regain a competitive edge in the world market. New thinking about vocational education and vocational needs is required. Postsecondary institutions need to prepare to serve new types of students--adults with prior life experiences and work history. Urban extension programs are needed to address unique city problems. Finally, a national human resource development policy needs to be implemented through community and technical colleges. (Questions and answers are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Economics, Human Resources, Labor Force Development, Policy, Postsecondary Education, School Role, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210 (OC 83, $2.25).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.