Date of Award

Spring 1984

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Urban Services - Urban Education

Committee Director

James L. Bugg, Jr.

Committee Member

Dwight H. Newell

Committee Member

Samuel H. Lamb

Committee Member

James O. Henry

Committee Member

Lucy Wilson


The research described in this dissertation was conducted in response to an expressed need for the development of national norms of excellence for cooperative education programs in the United States in 1980. In academic year 1981-1982 a Delphi technique was used with 12 cooperative education experts, who identified 155 cooperative education program norms of excellence specifically for four-year alternating cooperative education programs.

In academic year 1982-1983, the 155 norms identified were transposed into a 90-item self-evaluation questionnaire which was field tested and sampled at 14 colleges and universities with alternating cooperative education programs in the United States. Of 900 college administrators, faculty, cooperative education coordinators, students and employers contacted, 730 responded (81%).

The alternating cooperative education program consensus self-evaluation model developed was the first of its kind in the United States. With further refinement and testing it could be adapted for use by other cooperative education programs. Appendices include directions for conducting a Delphi Technique, directions for conducting cooperative education program self-evaluation, anecdotal comments from respondents, and definitions of cooperative education provided by respondents.