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August/September 2013
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CCCCO Division of Workforce and Economic Development meeting – IHELP’s newest report, “Workforce Investments: State Strategies to Preserve Higher-Cost Career Education Programs in Community and Technical Colleges” was the focus of a meeting hosted by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Division of Workforce and Economic Development on Thursday, September 12. This meeting was part of the CCC’s Doing What MATTERS For Jobs and the Economy initiative and included officials from the CCCCO, faculty and academic senate representatives, workforce and employer organization representatives, and representatives from the research and policy community. The purpose of the meeting was to review the findings of the report and consider what strategies might be taken to preserve valuable CTE programs in California’s community colleges.

IHELP Awarded New Grant IHELP has been awarded a new multi-year general operating support grant from the California Education Policy Fund to collaborate with other grantees in the goal of achieving policy and practice reform to advance the Deeper Learning initiative in K-16 education. CEPF is a project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and was established in 2011 with a gift from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

California Governor’s Office Meetings on Higher Education – Nancy Shulock and IHELP Researcher Specialist Colleen Moore attended two meetings on September 4 hosted by the Governor’s Office. The purpose of the meetings was for the administration to get input on the best use of additional state funds, as they become available, to support higher education innovation, quality and accountability, affordability for students, and financial sustainability. The meetings were attended by officials of the three higher education segments as well representatives of numerous internal and external stakeholder groups.

Education Policy Improvement Center – IHELP Associate Director Andrea Venezia attended a board meeting of the Education Policy Improvement Center in August. EPIC is a nonprofit institution dedicated to researching educational policy with a focus on College and Career Readiness, education standards, and structured review of educational content.  

New Graduate Assistants – We are pleased to welcome two graduate assistants, Jodi Lewis and Alex Graves, to the IHELP staff.  Jodi and Alex are both third-year students in the Public Policy and Administration graduate program at Sacramento State University.

Feature This Month

Workforce Investments: State Strategies to Preserve Higher-Cost Career Education Programs in Community and Technical Colleges

Addressing the challenge of financing community college career and technical education programs is the focus of this new policy brief by IHELP. This brief examines finance policies and practices in 20 states and identifies five strategies that may help preserve valuable higher-cost CTE/workforce programs: (1) separate technical colleges or system; (2) differential funding formula that takes program costs into account; (3) performance funding that rewards completions and various workforce-related outcomes while preserving access; (4) differential tuition whereby students pay more for high-cost programs; and (5) differential course fees by which students pay for costs of lab operation and maintenance, specialized equipment, and supplies. This brief is intended as a resource for education leaders and policymakers in California as they work toward realizing the vast potential of the CTE mission and improving student success.

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In Case You Missed It - Metrics, Dollars, and Systems Change – Learning From Washington State's Student Achievement Initiative to Design Effective Postsecondary Performance Funding Policies

This brief, jointly produced by IHELP and the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University, examines the implementation of the Washington State Student Achievement Initiative (SAI), a policy adopted by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges that draws on intermediate measures of student progress to reward colleges for improvements in student achievement. Based on findings from a three-year evaluation, this brief offers lessons for leaders in states looking for ways to use funding to create incentives for student completion policies for community colleges. It offers recommendations for several design principles for an effective performance funding system including designing a useful and relevant system of performance metrics, linking performance to budgets through baseline funding, and fostering systemic institutional change through strategic communication and widespread engagement with institutional data. View the brief online at www.csus.edu/ihelp.

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Spotlight On

Project Win-Win

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), in Washington, DC, recently held a policy forum to discuss the findings and lessons learned from the three-year initiative called Project Win-Win. Funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education, Project Win-Win was undertaken by IHEP and the State Higher Education Executive Officers and involved nine states, 51 community colleges and 10 four-year institutions. The effort focused on awarding associate’s degrees to students who were already eligible to receive the degrees, but who had not yet received them. As a result of the project, more than 4,000 students received degrees and more than 1,000 more potential degree-earners re-enrolled in college to complete their degrees. Project proponents stated that these outcomes were attained by easing or removing rules and procedures that created barriers to student completion. For more information on Project Win-Win, please click the links below.

Project Win-Win

Project Win-Win – Key Outcomes

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