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Information disclosure in postsecondary vocational education: Possibilities and practices. Revised

Citation

Brown, C. L., & Choy, S. (1988). Information disclosure in postsecondary vocational education: Possibilities and practices. Revised. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, National Assessment of Vocational Education.

Abstract

When students choose postsecondary vocational education programs, they pay, in both money and in income lost during the time they are in the program. The public also pays by tax support for many educational programs. However, students often have little information about the effectiveness of these programs in terms of job placement, wage rates, and career potential. Some efforts to determine and disclose these outcomes have been made by Florida and Arizona. These states used Social Security numbers and state unemployment files to follow up on vocational education program completers. Although this method has some deficiencies, it is fairly simple and not too costly. Arizona attempted to do such a study and publish the results. However, missing information such as type of job obtained, not just employment obtained, undermined the results. Finally, political pressures contributed to the demise of the information disclosure program. It is recommended that future information disclosure efforts take into account the effect of the disclosures on school systems and students and the means of distribution before such a program is undertaken. (KC)