ERIC Number: ED328765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The UAW Joint Funds: Opportunities and Dilemmas for Postsecondary Vocational Education.
Phelps, L. Allen; And Others
A study examined the impact that the United Auto Workers' (UAW) Joint Funds programs, established in the early 1980s, have had upon the policies and practices of selected community colleges in the Midwest. Each of the three UAW Joint Funds programs (Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler) offers a wide array of special programs to active and inactive workers. Study data were collected through interviews with college presidents and program representatives, site visits, and reviews of case studies. Information was received from eight community colleges in Illinois and Michigan that had worked closely with the Joint Funds for the past 3 years. The study found that the UAW Joint Funds programs have extended a new model for industrial relations that emphasizes concern for human resource development. The existence of the Joint Funds has enhanced the direct involvement of the community colleges in providing customized training programs and courses. The varied programs provided in the plants also directly reflect and support the broad mission of the community colleges. However, the colleges' broader view of educational planning operated in only a limited way in the programs. The short-term needs or timetables of the programs sometimes conflicted with the community colleges' ability to respond. Little research exists with which to evaluate the programs. Recommendations were made for improving the accountability of the programs. (KC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Inplant Programs, Labor Education, Labor Force Development, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Two Year Colleges, Unions
National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Materials Distribution Service, Horrabin Hall 46, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455 (Order No. MDS-119: $4.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.