ERIC Number: ED364737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education. Status in 2-Year Colleges in 1990-91 and Early Signs of Change. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
A random nationally generalizable sample of 563 public and private nonprofit institutions offering up to 2 years of postsecondary education (response rate, 85%) was studied to determine the status of vocational program quality before and after passage of the 1990 Perkins amendments. Data on vocational program enrollments, initial changes to programs and supportive services between 1990-91 and 1991-92, Perkins funding, and ways colleges assess program effectiveness were also analyzed. The study established that although postsecondary vocational programs at two-year colleges still need substantial improvement, progress has already begun. In 1991-92 (the year the Perkins amendments took effect), the availability of programs was up to 36% (versus 21% in 1990-91), colleges were making greater use of recommended approaches such as competency-based programs and business linkages, and greater efforts were being made to enroll and serve targeted groups. (Four-fifths of this report is devoted to appendixes detailing the study's scope and methodology, status of vocational education at two-year colleges in 1990-91 and 1991-92, aggregated responses to the survey, enrollment data, comments from the U.S. Department of Education, and major contributors to the report. Twelve figures/tables are included.) (MN)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Enrollment, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, National Surveys, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990