ERIC Number: ED499921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
The Landscape of Noncredit Workforce Education: State Polices and Community College Practices
Van Noy, Michelle; Jacobs, James; Korey, Suzanne; Bailey, Thomas; Hughes, Katherine L.
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
This report describes a study conducted by the Community College Research Center (CC RC) that explores the overarching issues affecting community college noncredit workforce education. Following an introduction, the next section explains the methodology of the study, presenting the research questions, the data collection methods, and the analytic strategy; it also provides definitions of terminology. The following three sections address the key issues in noncredit workforce education and their implications. First, the needs that noncredit workforce education seeks to fulfill are explored, including individuals' workforce development and access, workforce preparation for employers, and revenue generation for colleges. Second, the ways that colleges organize their noncredit workforce education are discussed, with a general description of their organizational approaches and organizational changes associated with noncredit workforce education. Third, the outcomes from noncredit workforce education are examined, with a discussion of the recorded outcomes associated with noncredit course completion and information on data and reporting. The report concludes with a set of recommendations for community college noncredit workforce education. (Contains 5 tables and 9 figures.)
Descriptors: Noncredit Courses, Community Colleges, Labor Force Development, College Outcomes Assessment, Research Reports, Role of Education, Organizational Theories, Organizational Change, Case Studies, Public Policy, Policy Analysis, State Standards, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, National Surveys
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/ccrc
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver.; Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.