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Master of Science (MS)


Economics and Finance


Gary B. Hansen


The purpose of this paper is to formulate an evaluative instrument that can be used to interpret the follow-up data collected by the Utah State Board of Education on the vocational programs in the secondary schools of Utah. Evaluative instruments that were developed by private and state institutions were used as references for formulating the evaluative instrument used in this study. The paper also identifies the factors that can make a vocational program successful. This was accomplished by identifying all Utah high schools that have a consistently high rate of vocational success and then determining if the programs in these schools are unique in some way and thereby contribute to the success of vocational education. To test the evaluative instrument developed and to determine what the success factors are, a two school pilot study was conducted and interpreted.