ERIC Number: ED407580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb-27
Reference Count: N/A
Developing and Sustaining Partnerships: Lessons Learned.
Wills, Joan L.; Kaufmann, Barbara A.
This paper reports on a study that examined skill standards pilot programs to identify lessons learned in the selection and involvement of representatives from the various stakeholder communities and the potential for sustaining the efforts of the pilot programs. Data were gathered through structured conversations with staff and committee members of nine national skill standards pilots. Some of the findings are as follows: (1) industry is the recognized leader in determining the standards; (2) it takes time to gain acceptance and use of the standards in industry and education; (3) project consortia varied in size and structure--the most successful ones had an overall governing committee and technical subcommittees; (4) curriculum materials for use in education institutions were a major focus for most pilots; (5) standards in some form were being developed by all of the projects; and (6) none of the projects would have taken place without federal seed money, and few of the projects were able to be self-sustaining. The report provides project-specific lessons for the following fields: air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration; chemical process industries; computer-aided drafting and design; electronics; electronics industries; heavy highway, construction, and environmental remediation; hospitality and tourism; human services; and metalworking. Attachments include questionnaires for project staff and committee members. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.