ERIC Number: ED355378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Private Sector Participation with Postsecondary Occupational Education Programs. Study Summary and Policy Recommendations.
Hollenbeck, Kevin M.
A study collected and examined information on the nature and extent of business and postsecondary occupational program linkages. Findings from a survey of 661 employers indicated the following: (1) three-fourths had some involvement with postsecondary institutions; (2) modes of involvement identified most often were employee recruitment, advisory committees, cooperative education/internships, and training attended by current employees; (3) incentives for employers were source for recruitment, provision of expertise for better trained employees, and improved productivity of current employees; (4) barriers were inflexibility of postsecondary institutions, perceived disinterest in employer advice, and time constraints; and (5) the most effective strategy to promote involvement was personal contacts. Findings from telephone interviews with 76 administrators indicated that they perceived "image" as a major barrier to employer involvement. The most successful strategies for involving business were representation on institutional boards or program advisory committees and personal contacts. A role for governmental action was accepted, but administrators and employers preferred indirect assistance or unrestricted resources as opposed to direct mandates. Recommendations for institutions were planning for coordination activities, coordination at the instructor level, and follow-up with employers. Recommendations for employers were to encourage employee involvement with postsecondary institutions and to follow through on commitments and contributions. (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Business, Business Responsibility, Corporate Support, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Incentives, Motivation, Motivation Techniques, Postsecondary Education, Private Sector, School Business Relationship, School Support, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Commission for Employment Policy (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center on Education and Training for Employment.
Note: For a related report, see ED 307 405.