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  • Individual Author: Brock, Thomas
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2010

    After a brief introduction on community colleges as a pathway to higher education and earnings, I describe a few approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of policies and programs designed to benefit students and issues to consider in determining standards of evidence. I then present three examples of programs that have been carefully studied and conclude with thoughts on bringing programs to scale. While there is much to be done to improve student outcomes there is also reason for optimism. Many states and colleges are piloting reforms, and there is a growing body of evidence on strategies that work.(Author Abstract)

    After a brief introduction on community colleges as a pathway to higher education and earnings, I describe a few approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of policies and programs designed to benefit students and issues to consider in determining standards of evidence. I then present three examples of programs that have been carefully studied and conclude with thoughts on bringing programs to scale. While there is much to be done to improve student outcomes there is also reason for optimism. Many states and colleges are piloting reforms, and there is a growing body of evidence on strategies that work.(Author Abstract)

  • Individual Author: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2008

    In 2007, the 80th Texas Legislature included a rider to the General Appropriations Act for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The rider directed the agency to coordinate with the Texas Education Agency to develop and implement plans to align adult basic education with postsecondary education. The Coordinating Board, in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Workforce Commission, was directed to determine: the current and projected demand for adult basic education services in Texas; the instructional programs needed for current and future populations; the social and economic outcomes related to providing varying levels of adult basic education services; a comparison of programs offered in other states; and the current organizational structure and agency roles for providing adult basic education services as well as recommendations for achieving state goals efficiently and effectively. Researchers at the University of Houston who conducted the study addressed all of the elements identified in the General Appropriations Act. They surveyed the state of...

    In 2007, the 80th Texas Legislature included a rider to the General Appropriations Act for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The rider directed the agency to coordinate with the Texas Education Agency to develop and implement plans to align adult basic education with postsecondary education. The Coordinating Board, in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Workforce Commission, was directed to determine: the current and projected demand for adult basic education services in Texas; the instructional programs needed for current and future populations; the social and economic outcomes related to providing varying levels of adult basic education services; a comparison of programs offered in other states; and the current organizational structure and agency roles for providing adult basic education services as well as recommendations for achieving state goals efficiently and effectively. Researchers at the University of Houston who conducted the study addressed all of the elements identified in the General Appropriations Act. They surveyed the state of adult basic education in Texas, as well as adult basic education in several other states identified by the Coordinating Board. The researchers also validated all data provided by Texas LEARNS--the organization that is contracted by the Texas Education Agency to provide all adult basic education in Texas. The Coordinating Board developed this report based on the findings by the University of Houston. Appended to this report are: (1) General Appropriations Act, HB 1, 80th Texas Legislature, Section 50 (Page III-57); (2) A Study of the Current Organizational Structure and Agency Roles in Providing ABE [Adult Basic Education] in Texas; (3) Funding Mechanisms of ABE Programs in Comparison States; (4) DRAFT: Identification of Best Practices in Adult Basic Education; (5) Annual Cost of Adult Basic Education Enrollments; and (6) Estimation of Adult Basic Education Return on Investment. (Contains 10 tables and 4 figures.) (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Levesque, Karen; Lauen, Doug; Teitelbaum, Peter; Alt, Martha; Librera, Sally
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2000

    Vocational education at the turn of the century is an enterprise in transition. This publication addresses the primary question about the size of the enterprise at the secondary and postsecondary levels and whether it is growing, shrinking, or holding constant over time. The report also examines high school transcripts and presents findings about the academic preparation of high school students who participate in vocational education, relevant school reform efforts, and transitions after high school. To set the context for understanding these findings, the report describes economic and labor market trends and their implications for vocational programs, as well as changing workplace practices and employer perspectives on worker skills and proficiency. (Author abstract)

    Vocational education at the turn of the century is an enterprise in transition. This publication addresses the primary question about the size of the enterprise at the secondary and postsecondary levels and whether it is growing, shrinking, or holding constant over time. The report also examines high school transcripts and presents findings about the academic preparation of high school students who participate in vocational education, relevant school reform efforts, and transitions after high school. To set the context for understanding these findings, the report describes economic and labor market trends and their implications for vocational programs, as well as changing workplace practices and employer perspectives on worker skills and proficiency. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Silverberg, Marsha; Warner, Elizabeth; Fong, Michael; Goodwin, David
    Year: 2004

    National Assessment of Vocational Education: Final Report to Congress (2004) presents a synthesis of evidence on the implementation and outcomes of vocational education and of the 1998 Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act (Perkins III). It examines questions about the effectiveness of vocational education in improving student outcomes, the consequences of new funding and accountability provisions for programs and participants, the implementation and quality of vocational education, and the extent of its alignment with other reform efforts. The report also provides options for the future direction of vocational education legislation. (Author abstract)

    National Assessment of Vocational Education: Final Report to Congress (2004) presents a synthesis of evidence on the implementation and outcomes of vocational education and of the 1998 Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act (Perkins III). It examines questions about the effectiveness of vocational education in improving student outcomes, the consequences of new funding and accountability provisions for programs and participants, the implementation and quality of vocational education, and the extent of its alignment with other reform efforts. The report also provides options for the future direction of vocational education legislation. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Schumacher, Rachel
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2009

    Early experiences and relationships – including those in child care settings—help shape the architecture of the brain. All babies and toddlers in child care need nurturing, responsive providers and caregivers they can trust to care for them as they grow and learn. To support this goal, CLASP recommends that states seek to ensure access to specialized professional development for providers working with infants and toddlers, including participation in higher education programs, community-level training, ongoing individualized consultations, and access to appropriate information and supports for caregivers, so that all those who care for infants and toddlers in all settings understand and implement a core body of knowledge and skills.

    This document presents research supporting the recommendation to provide access to training, education, and ongoing supports. (author abstract)

    Early experiences and relationships – including those in child care settings—help shape the architecture of the brain. All babies and toddlers in child care need nurturing, responsive providers and caregivers they can trust to care for them as they grow and learn. To support this goal, CLASP recommends that states seek to ensure access to specialized professional development for providers working with infants and toddlers, including participation in higher education programs, community-level training, ongoing individualized consultations, and access to appropriate information and supports for caregivers, so that all those who care for infants and toddlers in all settings understand and implement a core body of knowledge and skills.

    This document presents research supporting the recommendation to provide access to training, education, and ongoing supports. (author abstract)

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