ERIC Number: ED437581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan-9
Reference Count: N/A
Review of Postsecondary Vocational Programs.
Leyden, Bernadette; Hendon, Claude
A review was conducted to identify improvements in the public postsecondary vocational education system in Florida that could save the state money. The study found that 37 percent of adult vocational education programs were poor performers in fiscal year 1992-93, costing the state approximately $13.1 million while either producing few completers or producing completers who fared poorly in the job market. In addition, duplicative programs that had low placement rates, trained students for non-targeted jobs, or had low enrollment cost the state approximately $70.9 million in 1993-94. Poor-performing programs meet neither the students' employment goals nor the state's economic development goals, and eliminating or reducing state funding for these programs could achieve savings from reduced administrative, teaching, and facility costs. In addition, the consolidation or elimination or duplicative programs in the same region or county could achieve cost savings. The following recommendations were made: (1) the legislature should increase the use of performance-based incentive funding, such as employment outcomes; (2) the legislature should direct the educational regulators to develop criteria to eliminate poor-performing programs and duplicate program offerings; and (3) the State Board of Education should establish standard program lengths for vocational certificate programs and ensure the implementation of the rule for associate degree programs for uniformity and consistency statewide. (KC)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Labor Force Development, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Programs, State Standards, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Identifiers - Location: Florida