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A study of the contributions of Major Albert Sobey to American industrial cooperative education

Description: This study concerns the contributions of Major Albert Sobey and his educational leadership during the development of the engineering cooperative education program that became the foundation for the General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan. This study also examines Albert Sobey's contributions to the emergence of industrial cooperative education in America over the past seventy years.
Date: May 1990
Creator: Altland, John T. (John Thomas)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Perceptions of the coordination process of cooperative vocational education programs as viewed by instructor-coordinators and administrators in Texas community colleges and sponsoring employers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex

Description: The primary motivation for conducting this study was the apparent conflict between Texas Education Agency guidelines for a vocational cooperative education program and the realities of actual program operation. In the program the mid-management student receives instruction, through a cooperative arrangement between the college and employers, in both academic courses and related vocational instruction.
Date: December 1979
Creator: Cox, J. O.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Development of Cooperative Education at the University of North Texas, 1976-1988

Description: The main purpose of the study is to describe the developmental story of one of the larger university cooperative education programs in the United States to provide the evidence of outcomes and to utilize selected elements of the program in other colleges and universities. The study utilizes historical methodology with a descriptive approach to investigate and analyze the program's establishment, its development of staffing, organization, students, employers, funding, and its evaluation by using primary and secondary sources, annual reports, federal grant request proposals, evaluation reports, and the on-campus newspaper. The information for this study was also gathered through personal interviews with previous and present staff members of the program. The study shows that the program was established in the dean of students' office, but in order to get more support from the faculty, the program was moved to the academic affairs office. As a result of the academic support by the faculty, the program expanded. The findings show that the federal grant, Title VIII, contributed significantly to the initiation and growth of the program. The investigator observes that the director's leadership and the staff members' commitment to the program were two of the most important factors in the continued growth of the program. Strong commitment by the chief executive officer of the institution has also been a strong factor in the continuous growth of the program. The study indicates that close affiliation with professional organizations has benefited the program by influencing the development of quality and effective, diverse employers. The results show that the cooperative program significantly aided the students, institutions, and employers annually by placing approximately 1,200 students in their major-related working places.
Date: May 1990
Creator: Kim, Sang Kil
Partner: UNT Libraries

Evaluation of the Mid-Management Concept of Cooperative Education in a Practical Setting

Description: The problem with which this investigation was concerned was that of evaluating the Mid-Management concept of cooperative education at Tarrant County Junior College's South Campus. Evaluative data regarding the various parts of the Mid-Management program were obtained from current students, graduates, and employers, through use of primary source questionnaires and interviews. This study leads to the conclusion that promotional opportunities for students and especially graduates have been enhanced by more than 15 percent and, that a significant number of students and graduates have experienced an improvement in self-image and an increase in self-confidence. It is concluded further, that employers have perceived an increase in their Mid-Management employees' understanding of the manager's job and in their performance on the job, and that employers positively endorse the job-related-project approach of cooperative education. Earnings of both current students and graduates increased substantially after participation in the program; some of these improvements can probably be attributed to the program itself while others were due to inflation, tenure on the job, and other factors.
Date: May 1977
Creator: Strader, Jerry D.
Partner: UNT Libraries