ERIC Number: ED259807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun-10
Reference Count: 0
Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of the Los Angeles Community College District's Retraining Program.
An analysis is provided of three alternative solutions to the problem of overstaffed departments and underutilized faculty in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). After providing a brief history and background to the staffing problems facing the district, section I examines three alternative solutions: (1) maintaining the status quo, assuming that retirements and resignations will solve the overstaffing situation without any specific action being taken to correct the problem; (2) retraining the underutilized faculty to team teach with another faculty member in a discipline where a faculty shortage exists through activities such as mentoring, continuing professional education to complete a degree, or retraining in a new field; and (3) firing the full-time faculty who are no longer needed. Finally, section I describes participants in LACCD's retraining program, who were recruited from the overstaffed Physical Education Department. Section II provides an analysis of the costs and benefits of the three alternatives, concluding that the retraining option represents a more cost-effective alternative than maintaining the status quo; and that while the firing option appears cheaper in dollars, the political and human sacrifice factors make it a costly alternative. The paper concludes with a discussion of additional concerns about the retraining program. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Los Angeles Community Coll. District, CA.
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Valley Coll., Van Nuys, CA.