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September 2012
What's Happening

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Meeting – IHELP Director Nancy Shulock gave an invited presentation on “Career Technical Education and the College Completion Agenda” at WICHE’s Legislative Advisory Committee Annual Meeting, A New Day in Higher Education: Access, Alignment, and Achievement, on September 11-12 in Sacramento. Nancy discussed IHELP’s recent report findings and key policy issues surrounding CTE and the importance of career technical associate degrees and certificates in meeting the economic and workforce needs of the nation. Click here to view the presentation.

Norwegian Parliament Visit – Nancy met with members of the Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Education and Research. She discussed the importance of state investment and state policy leadership in sustaining competitiveness and promoting innovation, and changes in the national and state economies that are creating more opportunities for individuals with career-oriented certificates and degrees.

Continuing Work with CTE Advisory Panels – IHELP staff continue to draw on the expertise of CTE faculty and staff across the California community college system through meetings and telephone interviews with members of the advisory panels and others to understand how state laws and regulations affect the ability of colleges to deliver high quality CTE programs to benefit their students and communities. IHELP staff are always interested to hear from the field about how changes in laws and/or regulations might better support the CTE mission. Feel free to contact us at IHELP@csus.edu to schedule a phone appointment.

Career Opportunities – IHELP is seeking to hire a research specialist with experience in higher education policy and research methods and a new Associate Director of IHELP/Faculty in the Sacramento State Public Policy and Administration program. Please e-mail Nancy Shulock for more information or to advise us of potential applicants.

Features This Month

Career Opportunities: Career Technical Education and the College Completion Agenda – Part III: Promising CTE Policies from Across the States

This new IHELP report is the third in the four-part series on career technical education in the California Community Colleges with a goal of identifying necessary changes to state and system policies to improve CTE. This report examines policies in other states that might offer helpful lessons for shaping CTE in California to better meet student and employer needs. It provides examples in the following five policy areas: degree and certificate programs offered; curriculum structure and delivery; high school – community college – workplace pathways; financing CTE – college and student costs; and accountability. Researchers explain how each policy area relates to an effective CTE program and provide brief descriptions of relevant policies in place in other states with endnotes that provide references to further detail on the policies.

View the report

In Case You Missed It - On Balance: Lessons in Effective Coordination from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges – An Organizational Perspective

This report examines the importance of effective coordination of postsecondary education in boosting educational attainment and economic competitiveness. This report is a case study of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), and analyzes the key strategies and conditions that have led to the effectiveness of the Board as a coordinating agency over locally governed colleges. The study, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, found that three sets of factors -- state political and economic context, institutional design, and organization and leadership strategies -- explain the success of the Board. The report includes a self-assessment instrument intended for use by other states that seek to improve the effectiveness of their own postsecondary education coordination to better serve students and meet state needs.

View the report (includes self-assessment instrument)

View the Self-Assessment instrument

Spotlight On

Heal the Academic-Vocational Schism –  
A new book titled “Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves A Second Chance at Education,” looks at the growing population of “nontraditional” college students, many who are returning to college, and the importance of community colleges and adult education programs in serving these students. Author Mike Rose, a professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, also sheds light on the current academic-vocational divide in these institutions and the importance of bridging this gap to better serve this population and the growing needs of the state and the economy.

Mike Rose Guest Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education



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