Research Topics

Study of Practices of Effective Community College Workforce Programs

The Heldrich Center is working with the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University on a study of the practices of community college workforce programs that are effective in enabling students to complete postsecondary credentials. The study examines program-level practices in career and technical programs in two-year public colleges in Washington State that help students complete a credential quickly and efficiently. These program-level practices include the following: prescribed programs of study with clear requirements and few confusing choices, programs that are aligned with transfer and labor market opportunities, high-quality information on programs and program requirements, and active advisement of students to help students make decisions and access college resources when needed. The study will examine a set of high- and low-performing programs (in terms of completion rates) to determine the extent to which these practices are associated with program performance. The study includes a review of college and telephone interviews with key college staff, including deans, department chairs, faculty, and counselors. A report will be completed in summer 2012. (Funded by a subgrant from the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant)

 
 
Topic: 
Education & Training
Funded By: 
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant
Status: 
Completed
Keywords: 
community college
county college
workforce programs