ERIC Number: ED342999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Secondary and Postsecondary Vocational Education in Mississippi: An Evaluation. Final Report Prepared for the Mississippi Commission on Work Force Excellence.
Hoachlander, E. Gareth; And Others
In September 1990, the Commission on Work Force Excellence was established to increase Mississippi's economic competitiveness and improve worker opportunities. The commission sponsored an evaluation of the diverse enterprise of the state's secondary and postsecondary vocational education system. Eight findings resulted from the study. First, the basic conceptual structure for organizing and delivery seems sound: the infrastructure has the potential to make the technical/academic curriculum available to most students. Second, stereotyping by gender and race pervades many of the offerings. Third, there are both positive and negative outcomes for participants. Fourth, the quality of programs is mixed. Fifth, few secondary schools and community colleges have articulated vocational education programs. Sixth, there is little evidence that state-generated labor market data significantly influences program planning. Seventh, the state has made significant progress in developing systems of accountability that measure student and programmatic performance. Finally, at the state level, the governance structure of secondary and postsecondary vocational education needs serious reconsideration, within and between each level. (An appendix detailing the study methodology is included.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Accountability, Articulation (Education), Coordination, Databases, Delivery Systems, Educational Assessment, Educational Cooperation, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Integrated Curriculum, Labor Market, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Racial Discrimination, Secondary Education, Sex Discrimination, State Programs, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Student Evaluation, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.; National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi