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1 NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTEGRATED BASIC SKILLS PATHWAYS April 29-30, 2014 Bellevue, WA u/accelerating-opportunity

2 URBAN INSTITUTE MAJOR PROGRESS MADE IN FIRST YEAR OF AO Theresa Anderson & Lauren Eyster The Urban Institute April 30, 2014 2

3 URBAN INSTITUTE States & Colleges Primarily Focused on Building AO Pathways during First Year Building pathways takes a lot of time & energy Enrollment increased by 3 rd semester Almost all colleges developed 2+ pathways in first year Many colleges developed 3+ pathways 3 https://encrypted- W7o2ZK1c8I5tNCbr4Oc6YzOxjp4Wfjg

4 URBAN INSTITUTE 4 Pathways Active in Each Semester of the First Year of Implementation For IL, KS, KY, & NC, the first semester was Spring 2012; for LA, the first semester was Fall 2012. Source: AO College Survey.

5 URBAN INSTITUTE Many AO Students Expressed Satisfaction with Their Pathway Program Positive description of pathways in focus groups Many students plan to continue higher education Strong word of mouth recruitment 5 https://ahc-assets-website- 20ethnic.jpg?itok=r7egVsmN

6 URBAN INSTITUTE Institutional Factors Played Important Role in Selection of AO Pathways In selecting pathways, colleges considered: –Labor market demand –Cooperative CTE departments –CTE eligibility requirements –Pathways structures already in place –Student demand/interest 6 path.jpg

7 URBAN INSTITUTE Pathways Active in First Year of Implementation, by Industry Area 7 Source: AO College Survey.

8 URBAN INSTITUTE Attitudes Toward & Opportunities for Adult Education Students Beginning to Change Faculty, staff, & students expressed willingness to open doors for adult education students AO students from adult ed. started to identify as college students 8 content/uploads/sites/5/2013/07/159301709.jpg

9 URBAN INSTITUTE Instructors Used Mix of Team Teaching Approaches for AO Pathways 88% of colleges implemented team teaching of some kind Parity between teachers was not always achieved Increasing buy-in for AO & team teaching among CTE faculty & staff is a major priority 9

10 URBAN INSTITUTE Team Teaching Approaches, First Year of Implementation 10 N=37, Source: AO College Survey

11 URBAN INSTITUTE Consistent & Comprehensive Network of Support Services – Still a Work-in-Progress Students had access to academic support services at the college Most AO programs had coordinators, coaches, & navigators Some colleges reached out to partners to provide services Some college staff & students were not aware of services available to students Strengthening support services is an important policy lever for all states 11 content/themes/nautilius/images/CommunitySupportServices.jpg

12 URBAN INSTITUTE Selected Support Services Offered to AO Students, First Year of Implementation 12 Source: AO College Survey

13 URBAN INSTITUTE Loss of Ability to Benefit Caused Major Shift in Most Colleges Recruitment Strategies Shifted recruitment towards students with a high school credential & basic skill needs 60% of AO students had a high school credential at enrollment –21% came from existing CTE programs Decreased focus on adult ed. students who may have difficulty ever accessing college 13 content/uploads/image-archive/pell-grants.jpg

14 URBAN INSTITUTE Recruitment Sources by State, First Year of Implementation 14 Source: AO College Survey

15 URBAN INSTITUTE Engagement of Workforce Partners Stronger than Employer Engagement Colleges engaged workforce agencies & local CBOs Some states created state-level partnerships with the workforce system Partnerships with employers were still being formed & strengthened Formed internal partnerships to facilitate the implementation of AO & gain buy-in 15

16 URBAN INSTITUTE Most Common External Partnerships, First Year of Implementation 16 Source: AO College Survey

17 URBAN INSTITUTE While First-Year Costs Varied, Most Resources Went to Staffing Resources primarily went toward personnel Costs rose by number of pathways offered & students served State & college staff acknowledged the cost & effort of start-up Expect to realize economies of scale as implementation progresses 17 content/uploads/2013/09/investment-growth.jpg

18 URBAN INSTITUTE Components of AO Costs, First Year of Implementation Person- nel Courses Tuition/ Scholar- ships Support Services Adver- tising Consul- tants Other 91%3%4%0.4%0.9%0.1%0.6% Source: AO College Survey. 18

19 URBAN INSTITUTE States Supported AO Implementation; Built on Existing Infrastructure & Relationships All states had experience with career pathway initiatives States integrated AO with statewide goals to increase postsecondary degree completion 19

20 URBAN INSTITUTE State Progress on Policy Levers, First Year of Implementation Curricular Alignment New Funding ModelsData Improvement IL Performance-based deadline changes P-20 (existing) KS Tiered Merge with Dept. of Children & Families KY P-20 (existing) LA Tuition waivers Movement into Banner, expansion of P-20 NC Systemic overhaul Source: Site visits & program documents. 20

21 URBAN INSTITUTE States Engaged in Policy Change; Still Addressing Challenges Worked toward policy change to support AO sustainability & scalability Challenged by budget constraints Leveraged AO to decision-makers in policy review to improve opportunities for low-skilled adults State offices offered technical assistance, professional development, & AO oversight 21 content/uploads/2012/11/iStock_000017765581Small.jpg

22 URBAN INSTITUTE State Technical Assistance and Professional Development, First Year of Implementation Pathway Develop- ment Recruitment /Outreach Strategies Professional Develop- ment Labor Market Information Surveys on College AO Needs IL Regional KS State-wide KY State-wide (2) LA State-wide & regional NC In progress Source: Site visits & program documents. 22

23 URBAN INSTITUTE The Year in Review… Credentials Awarded Credits AwardedStudents Enrolled ALL 2,64113,382.52,588 IL 5814,221419 KS 1,1904,802.51,001 KY 4492,063499 LA 3691,629451 NC 52667218 Source: AO College Survey. 23

24 URBAN INSTITUTE Next Steps in the Evaluation 24 May 2014 1 st Year Implemen- tation Report Late 2014 2 nd Year Implemen- tation Report Late 2014 Year 3 College Survey Late 2014/ Early 2015 Report on Early Impact Findings 2016 Final Reports

25 URBAN INSTITUTE Questions? 25 Theresa Anderson AO Evaluation Project Manager The Urban Institute Lauren Eyster AO Evaluation Project Director The Urban Institute


27 New Funding for AO-K From the Department for Children and Families: Up to $1.7million during FY 14 From Legislature: $500,000 for use in AO-K Programs (Proviso to SB155) $1,900,000 GED Accelerator (incentive for GEDs and CTE certificate)

28 Scaling Accelerating Opportunity in IL Transitions Academy An intensive one year project Application process Funded by Adult Education and Career and Technical Education Face to face meetings, online courses, webinars, assignments, transitions blog, google group, mentors assigned, and a final presentation Two-day Workshop Day one is for the academy participants Day two is open to the entire state Expansion to 18 colleges FY2015 adding 4-6 colleges

29 Louisianas New Attitude 4 th Anniversary of WorkReady U in July Comprehensive Approach to Adult Ed. Focus on the Undereducated and Underemployed AE Scaled from 1 College to ALL 13 Adult Learner Stereotypes Shattered Partnership Network Aligned Biggest AO Skeptics Embraced & Utilized AO Scaled from 9 Colleges to ALL 13

30 Scaling & Sustaining AOKY is Statewide! Recruitment is Everybodys Business Team Teaching is an Equal Partnership Next Frontier: AOKY 2.0

31 A-OK 2012- 2014

32 Communicating the Success Transition Newsletter Highlights a program Events Presentations: Board Meetings Community College Presidents Council Community College Trustees Association Community College Faculty Chief Academic Officers CTE/Perkins P-20 Council IL Longitudinal Data System Committee Adult Education Program Directors AO Report - Compendium IL AO Video Black Hawk College- 1 st AO Cohort Illinois Community College Board Meeting

33 The Opportunity to be Part of the Solution Louisianas Economic and Moral Imperative 1 in 5 working aged citizens do NOT possess a HSE The Skills Gap is widening – PIACC Report Federal Financial Aid Guidelines – Barrier to Success LA workforce needs are exploding LWC projected increase of demand for workers = 236,000 through 2020 LWC projected more than 621,000 new job opening through 2020 Postsecondary Education in LA is changing – Wise Funding

34 Using Data to Demonstrate Success Comparison of AO students & first time students: Spring 2012- Fall 2013 AO StudentsComparison Group NumberPercentNumberPercent Students Enrolled 1,34310,743 Number of students who earned a KCTCS credential(s) 68450.9%9238.59% Number of credentials earned by students 8631,827 Licenses and industry recognized credentials earned 177230 Number of students who enrolled in subsequent term 97872.82%7,40568.93%


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