ERIC Number: ED353430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Demonstrating Cooperation: Lessons from Federally-Funded Projects in Vocational Education. Final Report.
Bateman, Peter; And Others
The Cooperative Demonstration Program (High Technology) was the largest demonstration program supported under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act of 1984. The program funded projects to try new approaches, to increase access to high-quality programs for special populations, and to improve the overall quality of vocational education. An analysis of 66 grant applications showed that only 12 applications presented a clear and coherent design for their project, with an additional 26 presenting a moderately clear design. A review of 23 funded projects, conducted through a mailed survey, showed that all grantees were able to accomplish at least part of the activities proposed in their applications. Projects tended to focus on short-term training (fewer than 100 hours). In projects with a large number of private partners, those partners tended to be simply customers of the project's customized training, whereas in projects with fewer partners, those partners tended to share in the design and/or delivery of training. All projects encompassed some aspect of high technology. Projects that did not accomplish all their proposed activities were hampered by their inability to recruit special populations, poorly developed project designs, failed partnerships, and overly ambitious objectives for the project. Per-participant per-hour costs tended to be similar across projects and may be considered reasonable relative to one another. Following the evaluation, recommendations were made for improving the regulations for grant applications, increasing start-up times, and providing prior notification of the types of financial records that will need to be kept. (Nine appendixes describe the projects evaluated and the results of the mail survey. Twelve references and 26 tables are included.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Policy and Planning (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: COSMOS Corp., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984