ERIC Number: ED316653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-9
Reference Count: N/A
Quality and Effectiveness of California's Regional Occupational Centers and Programs. A Research Study. Final Report.
Mitchell, Douglas E.; Hecht, Jeffrey
This document reports on a three-phase research study undertaken in October 1988 for the California Association of Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROC/P). Phase 1 was a comprehensive review of the legal and fiscal development of ROC/Ps since their inception in 1963. Phase 2 was a cost-effects study of ROC/P courses, relating such variables as student enrollments, expenditures, revenues, and course subjects to such variables as number of students continuing, completing, and leaving, as well as their follow-up status. Phase 3 was the planning for the development of a management information system. It was found that (1) program planning and evaluation are influenced by organizational and political factors as well as by fiscal and legal constraints; (2) simple cost comparisons, outcome analysis, and even cost-effects studies cannot fully describe the complex factors influencing ROC/P program performance; (3) across a broad range of fiscal, organizational, and program dimensions, ROC/P managers face rapidly changing conditions and an uncertain future. In the area of fiscal support, data revealed year to year fluctuations as high as 30 percent of the base revenues. In the area of accountability, pressures for cost-effective programs had risen sharply while assistance and resources had improved only slightly. An extensive list of references is included, along with 6 appendixes that provide the instrumentation for the study.) (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Cost Effectiveness, Financial Support, Institutional Evaluation, Management Information Systems, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, School Effectiveness, Vocational Training Centers
California Educational Research Cooperative, School of Education, Sproul 1362, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 ($10.00; quantity price, $7.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Educational Research Cooperative, Riverside.