Candidate: Brenda S. ClarkDegree of: Doctor of Education
Department: Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Title: Sustaining Innovation in Career and Technical Education
Thursday, April 29, 2004 1:00-3:00 p.m.
A survey was sent to Occupational Education Studies (OES) students and to OES professionals ant the 14 partnered community colleges and WMU. Follow-up surveys were sent to students and professionals who did not respond to the original surveys.
Three major themes were identified: (1) the recruitment strategies that were most successful in getting students into the OES degree program, (2) the levels of satisfaction for OES students and the professionals from the community colleges and WMU staff that have participated with the OES teacher education program, and (3) the factors that affect sustainability of a program.
Respondents were satisfied overall with the OES program and its components. Students were very satisfied with the convenience and variety of course formats available. Students were least satisfied with understanding the steps needed to complete the OES degree. The most successful recruitment strategies were the OES brochures and WMU guidance staff. Additional information shows that occupational instructors and secondary administrators, guidance, and staff need to understand the OES program so that they can share information with potential students. One are of concern is the lack of direct communication between CTE staff and OES students.
The factors that will affect the sustainability of the OES program include level of communication, commitment to the program from deans of occupational education, and marketing techniques used by the community colleges.
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