ERIC Number: ED427189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-31
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Secondary Vocational Education in Arkansas: Funding Issues and Needs Assessment Results. Publication No. 96-28.
Chamberlin, Gary; McManus, Mark L.; Davis, Patricia C.
Research was conducted to provide Arkansas Advisory Council for Vocational-Technical Education (ACVTE) officials with support data and analysis for the development of funding strategies for recommendation to the Governor and General Assembly. It used internal vocational and technical education enrollment and expenditure data, external survey research, and public hearing commentary. Fourteen secondary area vocational centers were operating, and secondary vocational programs were funded in junior, middle, and high schools. Program offerings varied depending on a school district's resources and location of area vocational center facilities. The largest area was business education, followed by consumer and homemaking programs, career orientation, and agriculture. Funding came from federal, state, and local sources. Expenditures in all program areas except marketing increased. Larger, older, and more mature programs showed much more consistent costs per student. Vocational education stakeholders reported the following: vocational programs had significant participation rates; business education were most frequently cited as the top vocational enrollment program; and student interest and enrollment history information were leading information sources in determining which secondary vocational programs to offer. Nearly one-half indicated 25-49 percent of students in secondary vocational programs go straight into the work force. (Appendixes contain 22 references, instruments and comments; and public hearing attendance and speaker lists and comments.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas Advisory Council for Vocational-Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Little Rock. Arkansas Inst. for Economic Advancement.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas