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ERIC Number: ED392469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May-24
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Tech Prep Consortia in Texas.
Opp, Ronald D.
The Tech Prep (TP) program is designed to provide a seamless transition for students between the high school, community college, and four-year college levels so that students can make an easier transition from school to work. In Texas, TP has developed differently from the programs of other states. Texas policy makers created a tri-agency partnership, consisting of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Education Agency, and the Texas Department of Commerce, to oversee TP development. A consortia approach was utilized, with a total of 25 consortia funded to provide access to TP programs throughout the state. Although this unified approach has afforded Texas a high level of cooperation between the responsible parties, it is sufficiently decentralized to provide maximum latitude to each consortium to develop programs to meet the specific needs of its constituency. The approach also allows each consortium to be independent of its member institutions, allowing it to maintain a balance between the various institutions' interests. Weaknesses of the TP program include an increased risk of inefficiency as a result of the tri-agency partnership and an increased risk of conflict between consortia and their member institutions. Despite the opportunities to improve linkages between secondary and post-secondary institutions and provide extensive feedback to faculty, TP faces threats from reduced federal funding and inter-institutional competition. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas