ERIC Number: ED360486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Exploring Alternative Outcomes for Postsecondary Vocational Education.
Harmon, C. Michael; Bragg, Debra D.
A study examined the types of outcomes that are currently measured in postsecondary vocational education and the uses to which data on institutional, program, and student outcomes are being put. Personnel from 54 of the 63 two-year institutions in 25 states that were originally contacted were interviewed. The respondents represented institutions that offer vocational curricula and that have between 712 and 92,000 students enrolled either part or full time. Most institutions reported conducting outcomes identification and assessment processes. The following data were collected: the types of outcomes identified and measured, outcome identification methods, identified stakeholders in outcomes practices, driving forces behind changes in outcomes practices, and uses of outcomes data. The most frequently identified outcomes (academic success, transfer success, student satisfaction, employer satisfaction, attainment of student goals, employment, licensure exam pass rate, skill attainment, job placement, and student persistence) all represented an expansion of the focus of postsecondary vocational education. However, the diversity of the different outcomes identified by different institutions indicated that a consensus on outcomes has yet to form in postsecondary vocational education. Eighty-nine percent of those interviewed reported that outcomes assessment had resulted in changes (including better decision making and planning, improved instruction, and improved accountability) at their institutions. (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993). For additional information related to this research, see ED 352 553.