ERIC Number: ED366819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Benchmarking in Education: Tech Prep, a Case in Point. IEE Brief Number 8.
Benchmarking is a process by which organizations compare their practices, processes, and outcomes to standards of excellence in a systematic way. The benchmarking process entails the following essential steps: determining what to benchmark and establishing internal baseline data; identifying the benchmark; determining how that standard has been achieved and comparing it to current practices within the organization being evaluated; and deciding to make changes or improvements to meet/exceed the benchmark. Although educators normally look only at other schools for practices to borrow, successful benchmarking involves looking both inside and outside the field of education. Benchmarking focuses on outcomes rather than processes. Benchmarking can be applied to tech prep as an organizational alternative to the traditional secondary school college prep and general education program. The following components of tech prep are particularly well suited to benchmarking: articulation, program assessment and improvement, career guidance, and marketing. Because benchmarking provides focused and immediately useful data, creates a culture that values continuous improvement to achieve excellence, and increases sensitivity to changes in the external environment, its results are far greater than those achieved by informal evaluation approaches. (Contains 11 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Sponsor: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.; Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. on Education and the Economy.