ERIC Number: ED319964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of the Education Program Approval Process: A Program Evaluation.
Fountaine, Charles A.; And Others
A study of the education program approval process involving the Veterans Administration (VA) and the State Approving Agencies (SAAs) had the following objectives: to describe the present education program approval process; to determine time and costs associated with the education program approval process; to describe the approval process at another federal agency; and to develop models of exemplary activities for the process of education program approval. Data were gathered from Department of Veterans Benefits (DVB) management and statistical recurring reports; personal interviews with VA central office and regional office personnel, staff members of SAAs, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Education; and survey questionnaires. Among the findings of the study were the following: veteran students primarily attend institutes of higher learning; placement of SAAs in state organizations varies; funding of the SAA function is not timely; there is regional variation in education program approval workload and productivity; capability to share data electronically is not used; the optimal staff size of a SAA office is four professionals; the Department of Labor approves and registers apprenticeship programs nationwide; and the Department of Education recognizes accrediting agencies that judge the quality of an educational institution or program. (The document includes 32 data tables, 7 exhibits, 5 appendices, and an 18-item bibliography.) (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Veterans Administration, Washington, DC.