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Workforce Trainees at Jefferson Community and Technical College

By Wendy Erisman
Strix Research, LLC
 

Jobs for the Future (JFF) has designed its multi-state Adult Completion Policy Project (ACPP) to use policy change at the state or system level to help community colleges increase credential attainment for low-skill adults. In each state that is a part of the project, JFF conducted a policy audit focused on areas of particular importance in supporting adult college completion, and the state or system then developed a workplan designed to improve selected policy areas. JFF staff also provided technical assistance in each state and hosted cross-state convenings throughout the four-year project.

Vulnerable Adults at Seattle Goodwill and North Seattle College

By Wendy Erisman
Strix Research, LLC
 

Goodwill Industries International’s Community College/Career Collaboration (C4) program offers single parents, veterans, formerly incarcerated individuals, and other vulnerable adults the opportunity to earn college or career credentials through innovative partnerships between Goodwill affiliates and local community colleges. The program’s focus is on offering skills-based training leading to stackable credentials that will help make individuals workforce ready.

Plus 50 Adults at Santa Fe College

By Wendy Erisman
Strix Research, LLC

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) began its Plus 50 Completion Strategy in an effort to help adults over age 50 who are seeking employment, promotion or a career change. Through grants and technical assistance to 17 community colleges across the nation, AACC has supported these colleges in providing training and career development to more than 20,000 Plus 50 adults over the last four years with more than 8,800 of these adults completing a postsecondary credential. 

Focusing Outreach on 'Career Seekers'

By Wendy Erisman
Strix Research, LLC

Many adult college completion projects focus on reaching adults with some college credit or “near completers” who are only a few credits away from a degree. Evaluations conducted by these projects suggest that this group of near completers can be difficult to locate and even more difficult to re-enroll.  One approach that some projects have found to be successful for reaching adult college students is to instead focus on “career seekers”—adults who are motivated to improve their employment situation by earning a postsecondary credential.

Learning from Evaluation: Lessons from the American Association of Community Colleges’ Plus 50 Initiative

By Patricia Steele
HigherEd Insight


Strong organizations understand the importance of evaluating their programs and use the findings from those evaluations to shape current and future work and also leverage new funding.

Carrying Out an External Evaluation (Part 3 of 3)

By Patricia Steele
HigherEd Insight


Now that you’ve decided to evaluate and hired your external evaluator, how can your program get the most out of the evaluation process? Communication, careful monitoring and feedback, respect for the contract, and an emphasis on institutional learning will help your organization to get the greatest benefit from participating in evaluation.

Jobs for the Future’s Adult Completion Policy Project Internal Evaluation Strategy

By Patricia Steele
HigherEd Insight


Jobs for the Future (JFF), with funds from Lumina Foundation’s Adult Degree Completion Initiative, is implementing the four-year Adult Completion Policy Project (ACPP), an initiative that brings together networks of stakeholders to develop and implement state policies to increase completion for adult students in community college occupational or technical programs.

Carrying Out an External Evaluation (Part 2 of 3)

By Patricia Steele
HigherEd Insight

 

You know what your program wants to evaluate and why, but how do you find, contract, and work with an evaluator? The steps below can help your organization to identify an evaluator who suits your needs, write an evaluation Request for Proposal (RFP), and develop a contract with your evaluator.

Administration Matters: Getting Optimal Survey Results

By Patricia Steele
HigherEd Insight

How you administer your survey is just as important as its design. (For more information on survey design, see this earlier blog post). Proper administration techniques will help you to get a better response rate.

Carrying Out an External Evaluation (Part 1 of 3)

By Patricia Steele
HigherEd Insight

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