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ERIC Number: ED504473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
Lessons Learned from Breaking Through. In Brief
Bragg, Debra D.; Barnett, Elisabeth
Office of Community College Research and Leadership
The Breaking Through (BT) initiative promotes an expanded and enhanced role for community colleges in providing access to college for low-skilled adults. BT is uniquely important in its systematic integration of adult education, developmental/remedial education, professional-technical education (PTE), and career planning and preparation in community colleges geographically distributed throughout the United States. Through the creation of a variety of models, BT envisions new, sequential curriculum and instruction to assist low-skilled adults to progress through adult basic education (ABE) and/or remedial/developmental education to college credit PTE course work that leads to family wage-sustaining careers. The evaluation of BT focused on the implementation of programs and practices, as well as student participation and outcomes. Identifying the ways the low-skilled adult target audience was impacted by BT programs was an important concern to funders as well as local program developers and their community colleges. The evaluation design, including one-on-one and small group interviews, site visits, surveys, and review of documents and reports yielded an extensive amount of information to assess the BT initiative. This report presents brief descriptions of the BT programs offered by six community colleges designated as leadership colleges and ten community colleges designated as learning colleges.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Authoring Institution: Illinois University, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; California; Colorado; Florida; Kentucky; Maine; Massachusetts; Michigan; Nevada; New Mexico; New York; Ohio; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Texas; United States; Virginia