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ERIC Number: ED489963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-29
Pages: 120
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
Policy Recommendations for Community Colleges in Vietnam
Harvey, David, J.
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The purpose of this study was to recommend policy changes that would enhance Vietnamese community colleges related to lifelong learning, governance, and program relevance. The project was not a typical education research paper. The study utilized a policy-oriented research methodology. Its purpose was not to yield "findings" in the traditional research sense. Instead, the purpose of policy-oriented research was to first identify and assess policy problems and then convincingly advocate to decision makers a specific future course of action or inaction. Therefore, the results of this study were not "findings" but rather substantiated recommendations that would enhance community colleges. First, the study examined exemplary international models in the research literature related to the three policy subtopics. Second, the political, economic and social context pertinent to the current policy environment in Vietnam was discussed. Third, the relevant current and draft new legislation was discussed as well as a case study documenting the innovative practices at the Tra Vinh Community College and their potential impact upon policy. Fourth, the study's future oriented recommendations were detailed and underlying rationale explained. The study made four recommendations. First, to promote lifelong learning, policy should develop community colleges' unique position in order to facilitate academic credit transfer (i.e., articulation) between the post secondary vocational and college programming levels. Second, external stakeholders should form at least half the representation on the mandatory institutional advisory boards that provide non-binding advice to provincial People's Committees. Third, community colleges should annually collect and report key performance indicator data (i.e., graduate employment and self employment rates, etc.) to the government. Fourth, Vietnamese researchers should explore further community college case studies in Vietnam. In particular, further case study research should examine other education and training institutions to determine the impact of different innovative models designed to achieve the new legislation's objectives. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vietnam