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February 2012
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Sac State Doctorate in Educational Leadership Speaker Series – IHELP Executive Director Nancy Shulock gave a presentation as part of the Sacramento State Doctorate in Educational Leadership Transformational Leader Series. Nancy’s  presentation is titled Student Success in California’s Community Colleges: the Evolution of Research and Policy. She illustrated how well the Student Success Task Force recommendations have addressed gaps in policy identified previously by IHELP and other researchers. Click here to view the presentation.


CCC Vocational Research and Accountability Committee Presentation – IHELP researchers attended the California Community College Vocational Research and Accountability Committee meeting on February 3 to discuss IHELP’s recent research and findings on CTE and the opportunities for practice and policy reform to strengthen the CTE mission. Click here to view their presentation.


Joint Legislative Hearing Testimony – Nancy presented testimony to the Joint Legislative Hearing in support of the recommendations of the California Community College Chancellor’s Task Force on Student Success. The informational hearing on February 1, 2012 was held by the Assembly Committee on Higher Education and the Senate Committee on Education. Click here to read the testimony.


CCCAOE Keynote Speaker – Nancy will serve as a keynote speaker at the California Community College Association for Occupational Education Spring 2012 Conference in March. She will talk on “CTE and the Student Success Agenda in the California Community Colleges.” The conference will be held in conjunction with the Academic Senate’s Vocational Education Leadership Institute.


A Call for Input on CTE Policy Issues - IHELP researchers are continuing to focus on CTE in the California Community Colleges with the ultimate goal of understanding how state and system policy can best support the operation and effectiveness of the CTE mission. This involves learning how current policies may present barriers to more effective implementation of CTE programs. This research is motivated by the assumption that many of the policies that affect CTE operation were designed primarily with the academic transfer mission in mind and may not work as well for CTE faculty, staff, or students or for employers. IHELP researchers are eager to learn from CTE educators around the state and are scheduling phone calls, site visits, and meetings. Interested individuals are invited to contact us at ihelp@csus.edu.

 






Features This Month

Career Opportunities: Career Technical Education and the College Completion Agenda Part II: Inventory and Analysis of CTE Programs in the California Community Colleges

This new IHELP report is the second in the four-part series on career technical education in the California Community Colleges. This report examines the full set of career-technical certificate and associate degree programs offered by the CCC. Researchers inventory and analyze CTE program offerings across the system as a basis for understanding how well the CTE programs are meeting students’ needs to identify, enroll in, and complete programs with real value in today’s labor market. Some of the report findings include: a total of 12,500 local certificate and associate degree programs in 142 fields of study, with an average of 113 programs offered per college; a high concentration of student enrollment and completions in a small portion of fields; an abundance of short-term certificates; and considerable inconsistency across similar programs (in name, credits, and course requirements). As in the first report, researchers evaluate their findings against a set of criteria, based on a literature review, that characterize an effective CTE mission and identify key issues that will need to be addressed as efforts proceed to increase the effectiveness of CTE in the California Community Colleges.

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In case you missed it - Career Opportunities: Career Technical Education and the College Completion Agenda – Part 1: Structure and Funding of Career Technical Education in the California Community Colleges

This report is the first in a four-part series on career technical education in the California Community Colleges. The project, funded by The James Irvine Foundation, is aimed at identifying ways that state and system policy can best support California’s community colleges in operating CTE programs that meet the needs of their students and regions. In this first report, researchers describe the complex organizational structure and funding arrangements for the CTE mission and the closely related economic and workforce development mission. Researchers also offer a set of criteria, based on a literature review, that characterize an effective CTE mission and identify five key issues that will need to be addressed as efforts proceed to increase the effectiveness of CTE in the California Community Colleges.

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Spotlight On

Blacks and Higher Education - A new statewide profile prepared by the Campaign for College Opportunity looks at the college-going rates and completion rates for African American students in California. The profile highlights the declining enrollment, low completion rates and high rates of transfer out of state and to for-profit colleges for African American students, especially in comparison with White, Asian Pacific Islander and Latino students. The report cited data from the IHELP report, Divided We Fail: Improving Completion & Closing Racial Gaps in California’s Community Colleges.

Click here to view the profile.



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