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ERIC Number: ED499919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
ATE Regional Centers: CCRC Final Report
Reid, Monica; Jacobs, Jim; Ivanier, Analia; Morest, Vanessa Smith
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
The purpose of this research study was to determine the role of regional centers in the Advanced Technical Education (ATE) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Conducted by the Community College Research Center (CCRC), the researchers began by asking whether the concept of a regional center was unique and useful to NSF's goals of increasing both the number and the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers. Researchers asked questions about the following: (a) the quantity and quality of the students, (b) the changes in structure and organization of the participating community colleges, (c) the capacity of the "system" of technical education, and (d) the conceptualization of sustainability within the regional centers. In the end, the report presented here documents the unique role of the regional center as well as suggests areas to pursue. This report is organized as follows. Following an introduction, the study's methodology is described. Then it examines how the centers have approached reform in support of workforce development. The report borrows the tripartite framework of ATE Center goals as laid out by NSF, and discusses the research and findings with respect to the following: (1) the context of each center, including its relationship to its region and the specific technology area on which it focuses; (2) the way that the centers have pursued academic program reform; (3) their relationship with other educational sectors and industry and (4) evidence of sustainability. Finally, in the conclusion, the discussion returns to two fundamental concepts: state regional economic development and workforce development strategies. It considers the role of these federally-funded regional centers in regional, state, and local economic and workforce development efforts and possible partnerships with other funding sources, such as foundations. The research suggests that the regional centers do indeed have a unique role to play in the ATE program as a new form of workforce intermediary, stemming more from their regional focus than from their technology focus, and that this role must be carefully attended to. The findings have implications for future regional centers and community colleges in general as well as for research on workforce development and the role of workforce intermediaries. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A