Accelerating Opportunity Year One Findings

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INTEGRATED BASIC SKILLS PATHWAYS
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MAJOR PROGRESS MADE IN
FIRST YEAR OF AO
Theresa Anderson & Lauren Eyster
The Urban Institute
April 30, 2014
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States & Colleges Primarily Focused on
Building AO Pathways during First Year
• Building pathways takes a lot
of time & energy
• Enrollment increased by 3rd
semester
• Almost all colleges
developed 2+ pathways in
first year
• Many colleges developed 3+
pathways
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Pathways Active in Each Semester of the First Year of
Implementation
Number of Pathways
120
100
80
60
40
20
0
55
52
101
112
Semester Semester Semester Unique
1
2
3
Pathways
For IL, KS, KY, & NC, the first semester was Spring 2012; for LA, the first
semester was Fall 2012.
Source: AO College Survey.
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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
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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
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– Student demand/interest
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Pathways Active in First Year of Implementation,
by Industry Area
Source: AO College Survey.
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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
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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
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Team Teaching Approaches, First Year of
Implementation
Complementary-Supportive
89%
Monitoring Teacher
76%
Traditional
59%
Collaborative
43%
Differentiated Split Class
24%
Parallel Instruction
8%
0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
N=37, Source: AO College Survey
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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
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• Strengthening support services is an
important policy lever for all states
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Selected Support Services Offered to AO Students,
First Year of Implementation
35
30
25
20
15
41
16
15
39
12
13
21
7
0
12
Different for AO
Mandatory for AO
Offered
Different for AO
Mandatory for AO
Offered
Different for AO
Mandatory for AO
Offered
Tutoring
or other
academic
support
College
navigation
support
Career
planning
Transportation
3
0
Mandatory for AO
11
Different for AO
18
Offered
0
42
Mandatory for AO
5
Different for AO
10
Offered
Number of Colleges
40
Child care
Source: AO College Survey
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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
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Recruitment Sources by State,
First Year of Implementation
100%
13%
90%
80%
41%
42%
70%
39%
46%
63%
60%
6%
3%
50%
21%
20%
85%
40%
43%
7%
30%
6%
24%
20%
28%
30%
50%
3%
10%
12%
11%
0%
All
IL
KS
KY
LA
NC
(N=2,588) (N=419) (N=1,001) (N=499) (N=451) (N=218)
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External
Internal - Other
Internal - CTE
Internal - Dev. Ed.
Internal - Adult Ed.
Source:
AO College Survey
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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
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Most Common External Partnerships,
First Year of Implementation
Workforce investment system
organization
37
Community-based organization
33
Employer
24
Community college district
administrative office
22
Other community college
17
Industry association
10
0
10
20
30
Number of Colleges
40
Source: AO College Survey
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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
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Components of AO Costs,
First Year of Implementation
Tuition/
PersonSupport
Courses Scholarnel
Services
ships
91%
3%
4%
0.4%
Advertising
Consultants
Other
0.9%
0.1%
0.6%
Source: AO College Survey.
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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
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State Progress on Policy Levers, First Year of
Implementation
Curricular
Alignment
IL
KS
✔
KY
✔
LA
✔
NC
✔
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New Funding Models
Data Improvement
Performance-based
deadline changes
P-20 (existing)
Merge with Dept. of
Children & Families
P-20 (existing)
Movement into Banner,
Tuition waivers
expansion of P-20
Systemic overhaul
Source: Site visits & program documents.
Tiered
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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
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State Technical Assistance and Professional
Development, First Year of Implementation
Pathway
Development
IL
KS
KY
✔
✔
LA
✔
NC
✔
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Recruitment Professional
Labor
/Outreach
DevelopMarket
Strategies
ment
Information
✔
Regional
✔
✔
State-wide
✔
✔
State-wide
✔
State-wide
✔
& regional
✔
In progress
Source: Site visits & program documents.
Surveys on
College AO
Needs
✔
✔ (2)
✔
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The Year in Review…
Credentials
Awarded
Credits Awarded
Students Enrolled
2,641
13,382.5
2,588
IL
581
4,221
419
KS
1,190
4,802.5
1,001
KY
449
2,063
499
LA
369
1,629
451
NC
52
ALL
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Source: AO College Survey.
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Next Steps in the Evaluation
May 2014
1st Year
Implementation Report
Late 2014
Year 3 College
Survey
Late 2014
2nd Year
Implementation Report
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Final Reports
Late 2014/
Early 2015
Report on Early
Impact Findings
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Questions?
Theresa Anderson
AO Evaluation Project Manager
The Urban Institute
[email protected]
Lauren Eyster
AO Evaluation Project Director
The Urban Institute
[email protected]
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NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
INTEGRATED BASIC SKILLS PATHWAYS
April 29-30, 2014 • Bellevue, WA
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)
Scaling Accelerating
Opportunity in IL
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Transitions Academy
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An intensive one year project
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Two-day Workshop
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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
Day one is for the academy
participants
Day two is open to the entire
state
Expansion to 18 colleges
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FY2015 adding 4-6 colleges
Louisiana’s New Attitude
• 4th 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
Scaling & Sustaining
 AOKY is Statewide!
 Recruitment is Everybody’s Business
 Team Teaching is an Equal Partnership
 Next Frontier: AOKY 2.0
A-OK 20122014
Communicating the Success
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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- 1st AO Cohort
Illinois Community College Board Meeting
The Opportunity to be Part of the
Solution
Louisiana’s Economic and Moral Imperative
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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
Using Data to Demonstrate Success
Comparison of AO students & first time students: Spring 2012- Fall 2013
AO Students
Number
Students Enrolled
Percent
1,343
Comparison Group
Number
Percent
10,743
Number of students who earned
a KCTCS credential(s)
684
Number of credentials earned
by students
863
1,827
Licenses and industry recognized
credentials earned
177
230
Number of students who
enrolled in subsequent term
978
50.9%
72.82%
923
7,405
8.59%
68.93%
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
INTEGRATED BASIC SKILLS PATHWAYS
April 29-30, 2014 • Bellevue, WA

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