Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. David J. Cowden

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This project for the Van Buren Vocational-Technical Center, Lawrence, Michigan, was designed to provide management with an instrument to assist them in their annual vocational program planning activities. The result was the development of a decision-making model that applies objective evaluative methods for determining occupational program additions, revisions, and terminations.

The model employs separate matrix worksheets for adding, revising, and terminating job training programs. Each classification utilizes five components for completing the worksheet: (1) selection of ten evaluation criteria, (2) criteria weights, (3) criteria definitions, (4) criteria data source information, and (5) criteria cell scores for applying data source values as a standard for evaluating each program. The cell scores for each program evaluated on a worksheet are totaled. The total scores from all programs appraised are ranked in order to determine occupational programming priority.

The use of this type of decision-making model for vocational education programming furnishes administrators at the local level with a more rational, methodical, and justifiable means for making choices among occupational program offerings, improvements, and changes.