ERIC Number: ED342986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jul-20
Reference Count: N/A
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Delphi Study. Final Report.
Harkins, Arthur M.; Otto, Nelson R.
A project was conducted to define positive, opportunity-focused methods to increase the percentage of high school students who are academically and personally prepared for enrollment in technical college directly after graduation. Objectives included determining how and why high school students choose to attend or not to attend vocational education, finding out how students see their preoccupational world and futures, and defining family roles in the enrollment process. Information was gathered using the Delphi method of opinion study in the Rusk County service area of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC). Four rounds of interviews were conducted with 33 persons who were on a steering committee for the study or who were stakeholders in the college district. Some of the results of the study were the following: (1) many high school graduates are neither academically nor personally prepared for college immediately after high school; (2) youths tend to recruit themselves to WITC via word-of-mouth; (3) WITC's programs may be seen as overlapping those of its feeder schools; (4) steps may need to be taken to enhance the college's image; (5) improved off-campus housing would help attract younger students; (6) community support could be increased by bringing groups of students, parents, and teachers to visit WITC; (7) recruitment materials should be more selectively distributed; and (8) more involvement with area school guidance counselors should be fostered. (The Delphi questions and answers are included in the report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Coll., Ashland.; Visionary Management, Minneapolis, MN.