ERIC Number: ED399428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Status of Partnerships and Partnership Directors in the United States. Research Brief.
A study identified the current structure and status of school-community partnership programs and their relationship to partnership program success. Data were drawn from a survey of all partnership directors who coordinate partnerships between multiple schools and multiple businesses (1,875) in K-12 public schools in the United States. Highlights of the results include the following: (1) the average length of programs was 7 years and the most frequent length was 5 years, although some had existed for 30 years; (2) nearly half of the partnership programs had 100 percent participation (all schools in the demographic area served by the partnership program had community partners); (3) more than half the programs were cooperatively funded through schools, community, and community agencies; (4) more than one-third of the partnership directors worked directly for the superintendent, and about one-fourth worked for the public relations or community relations office; (5) the partnerships involved a broad range of groups on their boards; (6) 61 percent of the partnership directors were full-time employees, 39 percent were part time, and 7 percent were volunteers; (7) partnership directors had a mean of 15 years in education and an average of 5 years as a director; (8) 68 percent of the directors had a Master's degree or above; (9) the average salary range was $50,000-$60,000 for male directors and $40,000-$50,000 for female directors; and (10) over half of the partnership directors did not know of state department of education involvement in partnership programs. (KC)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Community Involvement, Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Shared Resources and Services
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Partners in Education, Inc., Alexandria, VA.
Note: Funding provided by State Farm Insurance Companies Regional Office (Lincoln, Nebraska).