ERIC Number: ED429168
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Effectiveness of the Voluntary Education Program.
Garcia, Federico E.; Joy, Ernest H.; Reese, David L.
The Navy's Voluntary Education (VOLED) program provides off-duty sailors seeking to enhance their professional and personal growth with educational opportunities integrating various continuing education. VOLED's four major components are tuition assistance, the Program for Afloat College Education (PACE), academic skills learning centers, and education centers. Cost-benefit analyses of VOLED's components were conducted by analyzing the following: tuition assistance data for approximately 510,000 students; instructor PACE data (approximately 63,000 records); data on technology PACE (approximately 22,000 records); 20,200 files on sailors who participated in orientation briefs on the PACE program, and records for all 2,230 courses offered at Navy schoolhouse training facilities during fiscal year 1996. All VOLED's elements were deemed cost-effective. For each $1 invested tuition assistance and instructor PACE, the Navy obtained $2 from improved retention. The Navy obtained slightly more than $1 from each $1 invested in technology PACE. It was recommended that full support for VOLED be maintained and that academic skills investments be accelerated. (Appended are the following: enlisted training cost, training cost of a rating; estimation of promotion and retention models; regression estimates of promotion, retention, and the probability of passing a PACE course; and academic skills profile. Twenty-six tables/figures are included.) (MN)
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Cost Effectiveness, Higher Education, Labor Turnover, Military Personnel, Military Training, Outcomes of Education, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Promotion (Occupational), Regression (Statistics), Student Attitudes, Student Financial Aid, Tables (Data)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of the Navy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Public Research Inst., Arlington, VA.