ERIC Number: ED443966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
What Can We Learn about Postsecondary Vocational Education from Existing Data? NAVE Design Papers.
Bailey, Thomas; Kienzl, Gregory
This paper outlines an agenda for research on postsecondary vocational education that can be carried out with existing data. A particular interest is encouraging research that can provide insight into the effects of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act 1998 (the Act). The paper begins with a brief review of relevant sections of the Act, especially those that increase accountability and provide states with more flexibility to use these federal funds. Next, the changing pathways through postsecondary education are discussed. Five points on the traditional educational pathway are addressed: access, transfer, dropout or stop-out, degree attainment, and work status. A brief discussion of the success of nontraditional pathways follows. A set of six projects to be undertaken by the National Assessment of Vocational Education are proposed; most can be done as stand-alone projects, but some would benefit from coordination. They are entitled: (1) Mapping Emerging Pathways in Higher Education; (2) Economic Returns to Community College Education; (3) Review of State Accountability Policy; (4) Analysis Based on State Unemployment Insurance Data; (5) Noncredit and Customized Training; and (6) Responsiveness of Community Colleges to Local Labor Market Needs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Community Colleges, Educational Legislation, Educational Research, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Noncredit Courses, Nontraditional Education, Postsecondary Education, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OUS/eval/NAVE/bailey.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Assessment of Vocational Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act 1998