EVALUATING THE RELEVANCE OF SPECIALIZED UNIVERSITY COURSES IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION (ABRIDGMENT)

As the transit industry begins to attract more university graduates, it becomes important to examine the relation between university transportation course offerings and the transit industry's job requirements. From an evaluation of university transportation courses and programs can come information concernig the direction such programs must take to provide the most effective employees. Twelve public transit properties and five state departments of transportation were contacted by telephone and mail surveys to identify organizational needs and problem areas. Faculty members were contacted at several universities, and business, transportation, and civil engineering programs were reviewed. Recent university graduates employed in public transit activities were surveyed by a questionnaire regarding the relevance of their transportation education to their jobs. The results of the research show that, for most public transit industry jobs, universities are providing graduates with the proper training and capabilities. Also found was a strong demand for additional short courses and seminars that would enable industry personnel to keep abreast of the newest methods, techniques, and topics of interest to the industry. The data generated should be useful to universities and federal and state agencies in evaluating their position with respect to public transit education.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 89-91
  • Monograph Title: Public transportation planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00138153
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024730
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1981 12:00AM