ERIC Number: ED342893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
An Agenda for Leadership: A Report on Ohio's Vocational and Technical Education System.
Phelps, L. Allen; And Others
Recommendations were made for improving articulation between and identifying ways to increase the effectiveness of Ohio's secondary and postsecondary vocational and technical education institutions. The study focused on four areas crucial in Ohio: program articulation between secondary and postsecondary institutions; collaboration with business and industry; services to special populations; and integration of vocational and academic education. Study methods were as follows: interviews were conducted with state officials; Ohio policies were reviewed; a survey was conducted of secondary and adult vocational education and two-year college technical program administrators (n=214, 60% response); and four community case studies were completed. Six conclusions were reached: (1) loose program coordination results in competition for secondary and adult students; (2) the public image of programs has diminished despite growing academic and workplace requirements; (3) staffing and fiscal reductions have constrained secondary reform; (4) initiatives are needed to involve businesses; (5) an integrated view of education as preparation for work is needed; and (6) professional development opportunities are limited. The following policy recommendations emerged from the study: (1) a master plan for coordination of work force education and training programs is needed; (2) tax incentives should be considered; and (3) resource reallocations must focus on program improvement, professional development, and performance-based assessment; business, industry, and labor participation; and curriculum revision and reform. (A glossary, surveys, and accompanying cover letters are included.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Articulation (Education), Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Integrated Curriculum, Leadership Responsibility, Master Plans, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Public Opinion, Resource Allocation, School Business Relationship, School Surveys, Secondary Education, Technical Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Commission on Education Improvement, Columbus.
Authoring Institution: Education for Employment Consultants, Madison, WI.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio