ERIC Number: ED237746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Indiana Vocational Technical College: Region 8. Organizational Development Research. A Multiplex Opportunities for Vocational Education Report.
Britton, Ronald B.
Four major components comprised the Organizational Development Research Project at Indiana Vocational Technical College (Ivy Tech). The major component of the research was an evaluation of a model of cost effectiveness/benefit analysis previously developed for postsecondary vocational educators in Indiana. Cost data for all Region 8 Ivy Tech programs were identified from 1981 and 1982 budgets, and costs were calculated to identify cost stability and change by program for the two years. This cost analysis component was augmented by enrollment data, credit hour production, and number of graduates. A composite information profile was, thereby, developed to be used in setting future program goals and objectives along with institutional goals. Next, characteristics of Ivy Tech graduates for the last two years were identified through a mailed survey along with the graduates' perceptions of program strengths, concerns, and needs. Another component of the organizational study identified nonreturning student characteristics and their perceptions of program effectiveness. These two surveys found that graduates were much more likely to be employed and to earn higher wages than students who did not return. Similar strengths and weaknesses of the programs were identified by both groups. The final component of analysis was a survey of employer supervisors of graduates in 1981 and 1982 who were identified from the returned survey forms sent to graduates. Employers were asked to identify the strengths, concerns, and weaknesses they perceived in program offerings and select services at Ivy Tech. The general conclusion from the data was that supervisors of graduates lacked information about Ivy Tech but that they viewed the graduates positively and would recommend employment of future graduates of Ivy Tech. The results of these four parts of the study will be used to plan better vocational-technical education for residents of central Indiana. (KC)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Cost Effectiveness, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Characteristics, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Graduate Surveys, Graduates, Income, Models, Organizational Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Characteristics, Two Year Colleges, Wages
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Vocational Technical Coll., Indianapolis.