ERIC Number: ED368442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Occupational/Technical Programs at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Research Report Number 3-94.
Head, Ronald B.
To supplement the academic review process and provide information on trends in occupational/technical programs (OT), a study was conducted at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) to examine student enrollment, student completion, and occupational opportunities for graduates of the college's OT programs. Student enrollment and graduation data for fall 1991 through fall 1993 were collected from Virginia Community College System publications on enrollment and awards conferred. In addition, current occupational data were collected from the ninth edition of "Guide to Occupations in Virginia." Study findings included the following: (1) for the 3 years under study, slightly more than one-third of all curricular students at PVCC were enrolled in OT programs; (2) and average of 28.7% of these students were classified as Business and Management majors, 29.6% as Nursing, and 15.7% as Computer Systems; (3) 49.6% of all PVCC graduates for the period were OT students; (4) Business and Management, Computer Systems, Nursing, and Police Science programs all met state productivity standards in terms of enrollment and graduation of students, while Business and Office and Electronics met enrollment but not graduation standards; (5) Mechanical Technology and Respiratory Therapy did not meet either standards, with the latter being discontinued in 1991-92; and (6) occupational growth from 1988 through 2000 was generally calculated as high, with five programs among the fastest growing occupations in Virginia. A monitoring system for classifying programs was recommended to ensure more accurate student classification in future. (KP)
Descriptors: Business Education, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Computer Science Education, Employment Opportunities, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, Nursing Education, Police Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Validation, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.