ERIC Number: ED392946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Developing FE (FEDA Report), v1 n1 1996
This report explains how student tracking systems work and why they are important. It is designed for British funding bodies, further education (FE) colleges, college staff, and software developers to introduce and support systems of student tracking. Chapter 1 provides background information on tracking and the FE sector. Chapter 2 discusses the information about individual students that colleges find useful to track, how this happens in practice, some systems in use, and benefits and difficulties encountered. It covers student number; inquiries; enrollment; personal details; learning and study programs, learner agreements, and individual action plans; funding attracted; attendance, use of learning centers, and retention; additional support; timetable; use of learning resources; accrediting prior learning (APL), assessment, progress, and recording of achievement; achievements and destinations over time; marketing; and "individualized student record" information. Chapter 3 suggests ways in which colleges can evaluate systems in use or those proposed for purchase. It provides ideas about the points at which information needs to be collected, by whom or how, and in what form. Suggestions for decision making about tracking systems are provided. Appendixes include specifications for student tracking systems, overview of 37 existing student tracking software products, addresses and telephone numbers of 6 support organizations, and list of 24 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Information Management, Information Needs, Management Information Systems, Postsecondary Education, Student Records, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, United Kingdom (10 British pounds).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, Bristol (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)