ERIC Number: ED342981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Recruitment-Retention Program. Final Report.
Gateway Vocational Technical School, Batesville, AR.; Ozarka Vocational Technical School, Melbourne, AR.; White River Vocational Technical School, Newport, AR.
A study identified factors that influence students to enroll in postsecondary vocational programs and factors that contribute to their continual enrollment. Three Arkansas vocational schools--White River, Gateway, and Ozarka--were the focus of the study. Questionnaires were submitted to students and staff regarding recruitment/retention to ascertain the most important tactics used by the schools. Workshops were conducted to raise instructors' awareness of the different conflicts in keeping students in school. Staff perceived five recruitment tactics to be most effective: present or former students, radio, television, newspaper, and high school counselor or teacher. Students identified the following as most effective: present or former students, newspaper, high school counselor or teacher, radio, and school brochure. Retention surveys named the following staff concerns: student employment, nonsupportive families, and child care needs; student concerns were inability to fit school around part-time jobs and fear of failure. Research and results of the surveys structured a foundation for two recruitment and retention manuals. Recommendations for retention included student workshops, study skills courses, inservice staff workshops, and student goal setting. Diverse and numerous recruitment methods were suggested. (Appendixes, amounting to over three-fourths of the report, include sample correspondence, instruments, comparison of responses, and references for the two manuals developed.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Gateway Vocational Technical School, Batesville, AR.; Ozarka Vocational Technical School, Melbourne, AR.; White River Vocational Technical School, Newport, AR.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas