ERIC Number: ED481955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Narrowing the Gaps in Educational Attainment within States: A Policymaker's Guide to Assessing and Responding to Needs for Community College Services.
McGuinness, Aims C., Jr.; Jones, Dennis P.
This paper aims to present a methodology for assessing within-state regional needs for community college services, and describe the policy tools and strategies available to policymakers who intend to address these needs. The paper builds on work that the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) prepared for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education (NCPPHE). Offers advice for: (1) Identifying the educational needs of key client groups; (2) Comparing client groups' educational needs to available community college services; (3) Identifying gaps in services; and (4) Summarizing findings and identifying priorities. Also includes guidelines for conducting a policy audit and designing policy alternatives. Five appendices include: (1) Trends in Per-Capita Income for Individuals of Different Educational Levels; (2) Examples of State Comparative Data on Social and Economic Indicators Correlated with Educational Attainment; and (3) An Example of Use of Data to Identify Intrastate Regional Disparities (Kentucky). Argues that narrowing gaps in educational attainment and performance between regions is crucial if state leaders are to improve the quality of life and economy for all the state's population. (NB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Center for Community College Policy.