Community Colleges at the Forefront in the Office of by qnl49935


									           Community Colleges
          at the Forefront in the
Office of Vocational and Adult Education

                 ACTE Annual Convention
                   December 5, 2008

                        Pat Stanley
     Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges

                      Grace Solares
               Education Program Specialist

               U.S. Department of Education
What OVAE has done

What OVAE has planned
    1st Deputy Assistant Secretary
-   Community College Priority in OVAE

-   “Real and Adjunct” Staff

              Others tell the community
              college story
   “It is critical that the nation better
 prepare its workers. The alternative is
    a workforce increasingly divided
between those able to earn and compete
     and those struggling to get by.”

                     Alan Greenspan
                     Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve
           Why at Forefront?
          High School Imperative
   Fewer than half of our high school graduates are
    ready for college-level math and science (ACT)

   Nearly 30% of all undergraduates must take
    developmental coursework during their college
    career (National Center for Education Statistics)

   Among all ninth-graders, approx. 3 in 10 do not
    graduate on time, number is closer to 5 in 10 for
    African American and Hispanic students (Manhattan
                 Why at Forefront?
   Career Changers
       Adults will change careers between 3-11 times in a lifetime
   Limited English Proficient
       Workers with limited English proficiency earn upwards of 90% less than
        workers who were proficient in English (NAAL)
       The immigrant population is projected to account for more than half of our
        nations population growth between now and 2015 (U.S. Census Bureau)
   Adult Literacy Skills
       U.S. business and industry leaders spend nearly $600 million per year on
        remedial reading, writing, and math skills for training employees (NIFL)
       Over half of adults with “below basic” literacy skills are not employed
       Approximately $73 billion a year is spent on unnecessary health care costs, a
        majority of which can be attributed to adults with low literacy skills (AHIP)
                       Why at Forefront?
                  American Competitiveness
   While 90% of the fastest growing jobs require some form of postsecondary
    education, 60% of Americans have no postsecondary credential

   Thirty-two states do not have enough traditional students in the education
    pipeline to reach levels of international competitiveness

   Out of 200,000,000 adults in America, 43,000,000 have not completed high

   Forty-five percent of the adult population are in jeopardy of not being able to
    fully participate in family, work, and community opportunities
           Action Plan for Higher


A Test of Leadership:
Charting the Future for
Higher Education
The Community College:
       More Options…
     More Opportunities

                The Role of the
 Office Of Vocational and Adult
      OVAE’s Mission
  for Community Colleges

Our mission is to serve as the national source for
information and leadership required to improve
 accessibility, affordability, accountability, and
    quality in community college education.
OVAE’s Vision for Community Colleges

     OVAE will assume a leadership position on all
      matters related to community colleges within the
      U.S. Department of Education and the education
      community at large.

     OVAE will be viewed as an authority in national
      dialogues on high school reform, postsecondary
      education, adult education, workforce
      development and related transition strategies.
  OVAE Had a Plan for Serving
     Community Colleges
Goal #1
  To establish widespread public support for community
  colleges as centers of innovation and providers of superior
  education and training that are affordable and accessible to
  all Americans.
• DAS @100 speeches + 150 meetings w/stakeholder groups
• CC State Director calls, Compendium, listserv, Serving CC
  plan, PP., speeches + more, webcasts of Symposium +
  Virtual Summit
• National projects
   OVAE had a Plan for Serving
     Community Colleges
Goal #2
  To serve as a portal for timely and actionable guidance on
  community college education for teachers, administrators,
  students, parents and employers.
• Web site etc. as in Goal 1
• Fact sheets
• Articles, CD, Chronicle etc.
• Community Colleges Can
   OVAE had a Plan for Serving
     Community Colleges
Goal #3
  To develop a structure and culture within the U.S.
  Department of Education that values and promotes the role
  of community colleges in postsecondary education.
• Briefing on CC to USDE staff
• Collaboration/partnerships with HHA, DOL, OPE + more
• Input to Secretary’s speeches
• Transition preparation
OVAE Projects for Community Colleges

•   College and Career Transition Initiative
         16 career clusters to 81 pathways

•   Pathways
         Multiple entry points, postsecondary “chunks”

•   STEM Curriculum Project for Community Colleges
    OVAE Projects for Community Colleges

Virtual Summit
June 28, 2007
   •2 to 4 yr transition – cost of higher education including costs of
   developmental education
   •Adult and non-traditional Students

Affordability, Accessibility, and Accountability in Higher
Education: A Dialogue With Rural Community College
January 15, 2008

Link to Virtual Summit Video and Proceedings:
OVAE Projects for Community Colleges
“Issues That Matter”

•   Fostering Career Pathways in High Growth Industries
•   Integrating Developmental Education Workforce
    Development Institute
•   Establishing Statewide Articulation Agreements
    Innovations Conference
•   Serving Low Literacy Adults
•   Presidents
•   Articles – Chronicle of Higher Education
             - Community College Journal
           Nursing Meetings
•   September 2007
•   October 1, 2008
•   Summit – Department of Labor
       State Teams
OVAE Projects Underway for Community Colleges

   2008 Community College Symposium

   •   Webcast

   •   Academics, Practitioners, and Policy Experts

   •   Student Transitions – CTE & Workforce Development, Student
       Support Services, and Institutional Innovations

   •   Areas for Future Research

   •   Panel: Impact and Opportunities (November 2008)
    Community Colleges Can: Institutions
             Sharing Success

Bridge Programs
•   Cabrillo College: Digital Bridge Academy
•   Pasadena City College: Teaching and Learning Communities
•   Skagit Valley College: Counseling-Enhanced Developmental Learning
•   Parkland College: Center for Academic Success

STEM Education
•   Monroe Community College: Collegiate Science and Technology
    Entry Program
•   Salt Lake Community College: Innova Bio and Biotechnology
Community Colleges Can: Institutions
         Sharing Success

Career Pathways
•   Southwestern Oregon Community College: Career Pathways

Institutional Partnerships
•   El Paso Community College: EPCC-UTEP Partnership

Case Studies
Mentoring & Replication

New Web Site:
            Adult Basic Education
             Ready for College
   Improving postsecondary transitions for out-of-school

   Projects to enhance curricula, teacher training, and student
    support strategies

   Four demonstration grants totaling $2.8 million
   4 grantees are community college systems – 22 community
    college partners

   Products: counseling tools; curriculum units; assessment
    benchmarks; and professional development modules
           Adult Basic Education
            Career Connections
   Funds five local sites to demonstrate how ABE programs
    can operate within an existing postsecondary pathway
      Construction (HVAC)

      Health Science (Nursing)

      Veterinary Science (Vet Tech)

   3 of 5 sites are community colleges

   Products: Contextualized curriculum units, guidelines for
    curriculum development, and pathway partnership models
       Rigorous Programs of Study
Two-year grant program will facilitate development and
 implementation of rigorous CTE programs of study
 through statewide articulation agreements.
      Indiana Department of Workforce Development - Transportation,
       Distribution and Logistics
      New Hampshire Department of Education - Finance and Health Science
      South Carolina Department of Education - Science, Technology,
         Engineering, and Mathematics
      University of Hawaii - Health Science
      Nebraska Department of Education - Transportation, Distribution
         and Logistics
      Florida Department of Education - Health Science/Biotechnology
National Research Center for Career
      & Technical Education
Research Projects
•   Programs of Study: A Longitudinal Analysis

•   Rigorous Test of Student Outcomes in CTE Programs of Study

•   Relative Impact of Interventions to Improve Retention &
    Achievement in Postsecondary Occupational Programs

•   Harvesting State Postsecondary Career and Technical
    Administrative Record Data to Assess Student Performance
National Research Center for Career &
         Technical Education
• Repository of Technical Skill Assessments
• Systematic Review of Research

Professional Development & Technical Assistance
• Technical Assistance Academy
• Curriculum Integration

More information:
            International Projects
•   Memorandum of Understanding with Denmark
      - Faculty and student exchanges

•   Community College Development in the
    Broader Middle East and North Africa
       - Collaboration with State Department and United States
        Agency for International Development
        - Resources and technical assistance
Outreach & Communication
•   Quarterly Calls with State Directors

•   OVAE’s Community Compendium

•   Web site
        Pat Stanley
 Deputy Assistant Secretary
      (202) 245-6683
    Until January 2009

       Gail Schwartz
       Senior Advisor

        Grace Solares
Education Program Specialist

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