ERIC Number: ED307943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Economic Development Programs in SUNY Community Colleges: A Study of Contract Courses.
Fadale, LaVerna M.; Winter, Gene M.
In fall 1988, an evaluative study was undertaken at the community colleges of the State University of New York (SUNY) to document the outcomes of contract courses delivered to local employers and to gain information that could lead to program improvement. Data were gathered through questionnaires mailed to the contact person of participating firms and to the program coordinator at each of the SUNY community colleges that offered contract courses from September 1986 through August 1987. Responses were received from 169 employers who were approved for 521 contract course training programs, and from all but two of the 27 community college contract course coordinators. Of the employers responding, 98% rated the courses "effective" or "very effective" and 82% indicated that participation had saved money for the organization. The total dollar values saved by employers were in excess of $1.2 million and ranged from $200 to $290,000 for individual participants. These projected savings were based on the cost of alternative training elsewhere, providing training in-house, or having no training occur if the college contract course program had not been available. Other benefits were described in terms of productivity, quality, increase of human assets, customer service, and awareness. Few recommendations for improvement were received; the one recommendation with a universal application was for an increase in the funding level. The major concerns expressed by program coordinators were related to the interpretation of operational guidelines and the disallowance of expenditures retroactively. Appendixes provide the survey instruments and selected employer comments regarding program effectiveness, alternatives if the programs were not available, and program improvement. (Author/JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Office for Community Colleges.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Development Center.