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February 2014
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California Senate Joint Committee Hearing – IHELP Director Nancy Shulock was an invited panelist at the joint hearing of the Senate Committee on Education and Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Education on February 26. The subject of the hearing was Accountability for Postsecondary Education and Performance: A Framework for Informing State Budget and Policy to Meet Public Needs. Nancy spoke on cost, affordability, and efficiency in meeting public needs. Click here to view her testimony.


California Assembly Select Committee on Community Colleges Hearing – IHELP Research Specialist Colleen Moore served on a panel at an oversight hearing of the California Assembly Select Committee on Community Colleges on February 18. Colleen spoke on the California Community Colleges’ Student Success Score Cards. Click here to view her testimony.


American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting  – IHELP Associate Director Andrea Venezia is an invited panelist at the AERA 2014 Annual Meeting on April 3-7 in Philadelphia. The theme of the meeting is The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy. Andrea will speak on April 5th on a panel entitled, “Current Approaches to Broadening Access to Postsecondary Education.”


CCCAOE Annual Conference – Nancy Shulock will speak on “New Strategies for Funding High Cost CTE Programs” at the California Community College Association for Occupational Education’s Annual Conference on March 12-14 in Sacramento. The theme of the conference is Educational Balance: Redesign, Reinvent & Reset – Part 2.


California Budget Project Annual Conference – Nancy Shulock will serve on a panel at the California Budget Project’s Annual Conference on March 6. The theme of the conference is Raising the Bar: How Smart Policy Choices Can Create Shared Prosperity in California.



Feature This Month

New Brief – Applying Technology to Improve Student Readiness: Activate Instruction

A new publication series written by IHELP Research Assistant Jodi Lewis and funded and published by EDUCAUSE  looks at the strategies and tools used by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant recipients to implement their new "breakthrough model" schools. NGLC is an initiative to improve postsecondary readiness and completion by identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to secondary and postsecondary education, especially for low-income students. This first brief highlights a free online-based learning platform co-developed by Summit Public Schools, Illuminate Education, and the Girard Education Foundation. It integrates curricula with assessments, enabling students to progress at their own pace.

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Evaluation Highlights: U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT Grants

IHELP was chosen to be the external evaluator for two U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grants. The grants were awarded to two different groups of California colleges: the California Community College Committed to Change (C6) Consortium led by the West Hills Community College District and the Los Angeles Healthcare Competency to Career (LAH3C) Consortium led by Los Angeles Trade- Technical College. The C6 grant was awarded to implement a new set of instructional and student support strategies, called the Eight Guiding Principles, across 10 colleges in the consortium in the targeted sectors of Agriculture Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Alternative Energy. Together, the principles are intended to lead to more tightly structured programs and pathways, with the appropriate support for students to ensure they are prepared to find and succeed in jobs and careers in the region. The LAH3C grant was awarded to implement streamlined strategies, called the Health Science Pathway for Academic, Career, and Transfer Success (H-PACTS) Competencies, across nine colleges in the consortium to assist students in reaching various health competency levels and redesign the educational pipeline to health careers. The goal of these grants is to help students earn a degree or credential of value in a high-need occupational program in an accelerated timeframe. IHELP is conducting both a formative evaluation assessing the progress and implementation of the principles and a summative evaluation assessing the impact of the reforms on student outcomes for both grants. For more information on the C6 project, which started one year earlier than the Los Angeles project, click here to view the C6 consortium newsletter.


In Case You Missed It - Average Won’t Do: Performance Trends in California Higher Education as a Foundation for Actions

This IHELP report is the fifth in a series analyzing California’s postsecondary performance in the areas of preparation, affordability, participation, completion, benefits and finance.  The report, sponsored by the Campaign for College Opportunity, provides a summary of trends in each performance area over the past decade and offers a breakdown of performance by region and race/ethnicity. It is the first phase of a three-part project to address postsecondary performance in California, with the later installments to include a model public agenda for stakeholder discussion and case studies of state-level leadership in public postsecondary educations.

View the report



Spotlight On


Policy Evaluation and Research Consortium at Sacramento State University

IHELP is part of a newly created consortium of applied centers at Sacramento State University called the Policy, Evaluation and Research Consortium (PERC). PERC, which also comprises the Institute for Social Research, the Center for Collaborative Policy and the Center for California Studies, aims to enhance the quality of decisions made by government, nonprofits, and other entities by providing them with practical and useful information, products, and services across a broad range of subject areas. This includes conducting research and policy analysis, and providing facilitation, collaboration, strategic planning services and technical assistance. PERC activities are coordinated through the Dean’s office in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at Sacramento State.

For more information, click here to view PERC’s website.

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