ERIC Number: ED336161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
A Comparative Study of Contract Training in Select Community Colleges.
Updike, Katherine May
In 1991, a study was conducted to compare contract training in selected community colleges providing service to business, industry, and government. A sample of 17 colleges was selected from the League for Innovation Contract Training Professional Network; and phone interviews were conducted with and questionnaires were returned by 16 of the 17 colleges. Major findings of the study included the following: (1) 44% of the institutions surveyed experienced little change in enrollment from the previous year; (2) all of the community colleges reported having a specifically identified office or department charged with the responsibility to provide contract/direct training for business and industry, and 63.4% of the colleges required contract training departments to be fully self-supporting; (3) 53.9% reported state funding support, and all 16 community colleges had an operating budget for contract training; (4) six of the colleges spent less than 1% of the community college budget to support contract training, five spent between 1% and 2%, and five allocated from 2.69% to a high of 18%; (5) the 16 community colleges surveyed generated over $42 million through contract training during 1989-90; and (6) 50% of the respondents stated that they were not meeting the needs of the business community. As a result of the study, two factors were identified which affected the relationship of community colleges and business and industry partnerships, namely, information systems update and intra-organizational barriers. The survey instrument is included. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maricopa County Community Coll. District, Phoenix, AZ. Office of Corporate Training and Development.