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Fostering Entrepreneurship through Business Incubation: The Role and Prospects of Postsecondary Vocational-Technical Education (Report 3: Guidebook of Opportunities for Two-Year Technical Colleges) --V. M. Hernández-Gantes, R. P. Sorensen, A. H. Nieri
This guidebook, a companion to MDS-893 and 895, describes ways in which two-year colleges can participate in the economic and entrepreneurial development of urban, suburban and rural communities. Practical strategies are described for establishing, funding and operating a business incubator. Additional sections describe consulting services, networking and connecting activities. For example, networking is described as "a natural role for business incubators because it connects entrepreneurs in and out of business incubation with key stakeholders in the community." Particular attention is given to the experiences of women and "minority" business people, as well as to economic development in communities. Since approximately 98 percent of all enterprises in the United States are small companies, effective entrepreneurship can significantly expand individual career options, and also have the potential of changing a community's economic landscape. For two-year colleges, entrepreneurship could be taught and fostered as a new form of emerging vocationalism.
MDS-727          September 1996          $6.00

New Perspectives on Documenting Employment and Earnings Outcomes in Vocational Education--D. W. Stevens, J. Shi
Vocational education in the United States faces an uncertain future. Congress periodically debates consolidating the federal government's investment in education and training. Anticipated growth of markets for students who want to acquire, extend or renew occupational competencies has led to a ratcheting up of the accountability threshold that will have to be reached by successful competitors. Consequently, vocational educators are being asked to provide credible evidence of high, value-added performance at reasonable cost and in a timely manner. This document introduces three decades of research, along with multiple concepts and measures of employment and earnings. The authors look beyond performance standards to satisfy the needs of local and state authorities who seek a better understanding of the employment affiliations and earnings paths of former students.

MDS-743          September 1996          $9.00

High School Restructuring and Vocational Reform: The Question of "Fit" in Two Schools--J. Warren Little
How do vocational education reforms fit in with other secondary school reforms? Where do the various reforms reinforce each other, and where does vocational education reform get treated as the second-class citizen? Warren Little uses three criteria of "fit" to examine two restructuring high schools: 1) are the schools questioning society's long-standing ambivalence towards vocational education?; 2) do the schools readily embrace the integration of academic and vocational learning? and; 3) do the schools enable teachers to bridge the two worlds of academic and vocational teaching? She suggests that the success of vocational education reform rests on whether work preparation is seen as a goal for all high school students, as well as on whether schools have the capacity to challenge assumptions of what high school should entail. Educators trying to teach in the midst of several reform initiatives will find this study an aid to thinking deeply and imaginatively about how the question of "fit" presents a new opportunity to further the goal of "getting kids--all kids--to confront where they're going from here."

MDS-812          October 1996          $6.00

Fostering Entrepreneurship Through Business Incubation: The Role and Prospects of Postsecondary Vocational-Technical Education (Report 1: Survey of Business Incubator Clients and Managers)--V. M. Hernández-Gantes, R. P. Sorensen, A. H. Nieri
The U.S. Small Business Administration has indicated that approximately half of all new businesses fail within two years. This high percentage of small business failure suggests an area of opportunity for two-year colleges--the teaching and fostering of entrepreneurship as a new form of emerging vocationalism. Effective entrepreneurship can significantly expand students' career options, since approximately 98 percent of all enterprises in the United States are small companies. However, only a small number of two-year vocational-technical colleges try to provide business incubation or develop entrepreneurial services within their local communities. Why? For those institutions which do foster entrepreneurship, what are the economic implications for the students and the entire community? These, and related questions, are considered in this survey of business-incubator clients and managers.

MDS-893          August 1996          $6.50

Fostering Entrepreneurship Through Business Incubation: The Role and Prospects of Postsecondary Vocational-Technical Education (Report 2: Case Studies)--V. M. Hernández-Gantes, R. P. Sorensen, A. H. Nieri
This document contains nine case studies and complements MDS-893, Fostering Entreprenuership Through Business Incubation: The Role and Prospects of Postsecondary Vocational-Technical Education (Survey Report). The case studies reveal current efforts of two-year technical colleges to work in partnership with business incubators, offer entrepreneurship courses, and provide other related services to local entrepreneurs. The cases are organized into three categories: rural, urban, and suburban settings. Case studies are further analyzed with an eye to understanding how two-year colleges can better support community economic development and efforts to serve women and "minority" entrepreneurs.

MDS-895          September 1996          $7.00

As Teachers Tell It: Implementing All Aspects of the Industry: Supporting Materials--E. Nielsen Andrew, with the Center for Law and Education; Jobs for the Future; and The Learning Research and Development Corporation
"All aspects of the industry" (AAI) is a powerful reform approach that combines the real world richness of vocational education with the broad, transferable skills associated with academic education. AAI means providing students with a strong understanding of all aspects of an industry: planning; management; finance; technical and production skills; underlying principles of technology; community issues; labor issues; and health, safety, and environmental issues. As Teachers Tell It includes extensive case studies on implementing AAI from four schools. Teams of teachers and business representatives, collaborating with national organizations, spent a year developing their own case studies on the reform process. The case studies demonstrate the power of AAI in accelerating academic and vocational integration and strengthening work-based learning. They show how AAI ensures that students are not locked into the industry they focus on, and helps prepare students for a rapidly changing work world. As Teachers Tell It includes a comprehensive introduction to AAI, a section relating AAI to other reform streams, and an appendix with further resources. This groundbreaking study will be useful both to those interested in AAI, and to everyone engaged in the complex processes of school change.

MDS-885A Case Studies       November 1996          $15.00
MDS-885B Supplemental Materials November 1996 $24.00

Student Services: Achieving Success for All Secondary Students--C. Maddy-Bernstein, E. S. Cunanan
Student services, which span all school programs, from career planning to childcare assistance, are designed to facilitate learning and the successful transition of students to work and further education. Although current reforms don't emphasize these services, a full range of counseling, assessment and related opportunities is as important to student success as curriculum, faculty and teaching techniques. This document will help secondary school administrators and teachers develop a coordinated and comprehensive program of student services, thus enabling increasingly diverse populations to learn well in school and to develop their potentials.

MDS-1007          November 1996          $6.50

Leader Attributes Inventory: Directions for Administering, Scoring and Preparing Feedback Reports--J. Moss, Jr., Q. Jensrud
NCRVE's Leader Attributes Inventory (LAI) measures 37 traits of good leaders, from enthusiasm to persistence, accountability, and adaptability. This report tells how to use the LAI for self-rating or for rating by observers. Sample inventories, scoring worksheets, feedback reports, and details about how to administer the LAI are included. The companion study, MDS-730, explains the context and development of the LAI. This study is one of a range of NCRVE monographs on leadership, such as Moss's reports on how to help underrepresented groups succeed as vocational educational leaders (MDS-736), and evaluations of leadership development programs (MDS-1025, 293, and 461).

MDS-1049          November 1996          $19.50
MDS-1049A Leader Attributes Inventory Instruments November 1996 $14.00

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