ERIC Number: ED367415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Tech Prep/Associate Degree (TPAD) Academic Outcomes. ERIC Digest.
Tech prep was created to serve high school students in the two middle quartiles who neither prepare for further study nor gain adequate technical workplace skills by blending liberal and practical arts into a 2+2 secondary-postsecondary articulated curriculum leading to an associate degree. Tech prep is a cornerstone of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technology Act Amendments of 1990, the first major federal initiative promoting comprehensive, sustained links between secondary and two-year college sectors. In addition, the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC) has offered Tech Prep/Associate Degree (TPAD) Program Partnership Awards since 1990 to community colleges for the development of articulated curricula involving the colleges, local secondary schools, and employers. The optimal high school tech prep academic portion of the curriculum contains two years of principles of technology and/or another applied science, two years of applied math, and a course in applied communication. Although tracking the program's success has been difficult due to the recency of its creation, TPAD seems to be a win-win alternative to the college prep/baccalaureate degree course of study because it improves student academic performance, high school graduation rates, and college attendance at the associate degree level. As an unanticipated outgrowth of TPAD, some 2+2 tracks have evolved beyond the associate degree into articulated 2+2+2 programs culminating in a baccalaureate degree. (MAB)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Educational Mobility, Educational Needs, Institutional Cooperation, Integrated Curriculum, Liberal Arts, Outcomes of Education, Program Content, Program Development, Secondary Education, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.