ERIC Number: ED469215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Focusing on Results: A Business Leader's Guide for Optimizing School-to-Careers Partnerships.
This document is intended to help business leaders to optimize school-to-career partnerships. The guide begins with a series of facts documenting the benefits of school-to-career partnerships and a brief introduction. The first section traces business involvement in education over the past 2 decades and explains how data analysis and a focus on results can facilitate continuous improvement of a school-to-career partnership. The next section explains the rationale for evaluating six student outcomes (students' high school completion rates, academic performance, and participation in challenging courses; students' college preparation, participation, and completion rates; teacher preparation; and students' career awareness) and four company outcomes (improved employee morale, loyalty, and productivity; recruitment advantages; reduced training and supervision costs; and public relations). The following principles for optimizing data collection and analysis are detailed: (1) promote a culture of continuous improvement and focus on outcomes; (2) ensure that all partners agree on goals; (3) clearly define the initiative's audience; (4) create a viable evaluation process; (5) choose a realistic methodological approach; (6) document the plan in writing; (7) use common sense when collecting data; (8) evaluate routinely; (9) report the findings to all audiences; and (10) learn to see strength in missteps. Twenty-eight resource organizations are profiled. (Contains 28 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Cooperative Planning, Corporations, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Definitions, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Educational Legislation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Guidelines, Leaders Guides, Measurement Techniques, Nonprofit Organizations, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Performance Technology, Philanthropic Foundations, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Transitional Programs
For full text: http://www.nelc.org/resources/focusonresults.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.; National Employer Leadership Council, Washington, DC.