ERIC Number: ED450210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Maryland Workforce Educational Needs Assessment Survey.
Hollander, Cohen, and McBride, Towson, MD.
The Maryland Workforce Educational Needs Assessment Survey was conducted to determine employer satisfaction with Maryland's educational systems and to identify areas where more training is needed. In June 1999, questionnaires were mailed to 8,175 Maryland employers. An additional 2,395 questionnaires were sent to business organizations and local chambers of commerce for distribution to their members. The 525 completed surveys reflected a diverse distribution of industries, geographic locations, and company sizes. The following were among the main findings: (1) Maryland had increasing difficulties filling positions requiring nearly every educational level; (2) approximately two-thirds of responding employers rated four-year colleges and universities and graduate programs above average to excellent, whereas only 18% rated public high schools better than average; (3) employers listed more than 1,000 types of jobs for which qualified applicants are difficult to find; (4) 45% of employers believed that the lack of qualified employees has affected their firm's ability to do business in Maryland over the past year; and (5) based on critical occupational needs identified, workers will need technical computer-related skills, managerial skills, and basic skills; and (6) specialized skills training offered by Maryland employers is increasing. (Thirty-three tables/figures are included. The survey instrument is appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Bachelors Degrees, Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Demand Occupations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Demand, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Employer Attitudes, Employment Qualifications, Graduate Study, High School Equivalency Programs, High School Graduates, High Schools, Job Performance, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Private Schools, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Role of Education, School Business Relationship, Skill Development, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Tables (Data), Universities, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, Baltimore.; Maryland State Dept. of Business and Economic Development, Baltimore.; Maryland Economic Development Commission, Baltimore.; Maryland State Higher Education Commission, Annapolis.; Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
Authoring Institution: Hollander, Cohen, and McBride, Towson, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland