ERIC Number: ED346895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the California Community Colleges' Vocational Education Special Projects 1988-89 and 1989-90. Final Report on Special Project 90-0406, August 28, 1991-May 31, 1992.
Evaluation and Training Inst., Los Angeles, CA.
In 1991-92, a study was conducted to refine and implement a system for evaluating the California Community Colleges' vocational education special projects funded under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act of 1984. The study focused on the 110 projects funded in 1988-89 and 1989-90, assessing their achievement of federal and state goals. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected through a document review and site visits (N=24) and phone interviews (N=86) with project directors, project staff, and Chancellor's Office staff. Highlighted findings included the following: (1) two problems identified in conducting the evaluation were the inability to interview staff from all projects funded and the time lag between a given funding cycle and the subsequent evaluation; (2) while a significant majority of special projects accomplished most or all of their proposed objectives, including improved partnerships with business and industry, remaining problems included minimal funding for projects targeting the handicapped, a lack of commitment to institutionalize the projects once funding had ended, and a lack of knowledge about similar projects; (3) while timeliness of funding was critical to the success of a project, more than two-thirds of the projects received delayed funding; and (4) due to the wide variety of products (including databases, resource and instructional documents, newsletters, videos, software, and promotional materials) resulting from the special projects, the need for a document, database, or clearinghouse of previous and current special projects was evident. Appendixes include the site visit interview guide questionnaire and an agency index of special projects. (JSP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Evaluation and Training Inst., Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984