ERIC Number: ED388330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparative Analysis of Postsecondary Technical Education in Texas. An Executive Summary.
Groves, Cecil L.; And Others
In response to concerns of unnecessary duplication in programs offered by Texas community/junior colleges and the four campuses and five centers of Texas State Technical College (TSTC), TSTC undertook a study to examine curricula, enrollments, and outcomes for both systems. A literature review was conducted to determine potential differences between community/junior college and technical college education and data were obtained from published reports and official documents of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the 1990-91 school year and for the 1990 federal fiscal year. Key findings included the following: (1) in general, the TSTC curriculum reflected "export-related" technologies (e.g., manufacturing, electronics, lasers, computers, and energy) while the community/junior college curriculum reflected "service-related" technologies (e.g., marketing, office skills, health care, and criminal justice); (2) TSTC was found to offer a unique curricula design and instructional delivery system in that students who enrolled knew that they would be required to take more courses, complete more contact hours, and spend more time in laboratory assignments; (3) students attending TSTC were much more likely to complete a technical degree or certificate program than community/junior college students; (4) TSTC also had an outstanding graduation record for minority and special population students from "export-related" technical programs, typically high risk groups for technical programs; (5) TSTC had lower costs per graduate and a higher "graduate percent yield" than the community/junior colleges. (KP)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Curriculum, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Finance, Enrollment, Minority Groups, Program Effectiveness, School Effectiveness, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Technical Coll. System, Waco.