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ERIC Number: ED507680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul-31
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Illinois Shifting Gears Policy Evaluation
Weitzel, Peter C.
Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Illinois Shifting Gears is a multilevel initiative that has simultaneously created bridge programs in the field and altered state policy to facilitate the creation of more programs in the future. These efforts have informed each other, giving policymakers the opportunity to interact with practitioners, troubleshoot bridge programs, and make refinements to new and existing policies. The evaluation of Illinois Shifting Gears has two major parts. The first mixed method evaluation was completed in June 2009, and it examined eight pilot demonstration bridge programs offered by ten Illinois community colleges. This second evaluation focuses on the policymaking process associated with the Illinois Shifting Gears initiative. Although the role of the pilots and the Shifting Gears Steering Committee are discussed, this evaluation primarily focuses on the efforts of the Shifting Gears Working Group, which consisted of a small group of state staff representing the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), project consultants, and three members of the evaluation team. This policy evaluation examined the following questions: (1) To what extent have state level stakeholders worked together to make policy changes that will remove or minimize impediments to the development and implementation of effective bridge programs for low-skilled adults?; (2) What state-level policies were targeted for change, how did stakeholders engage in the policy change process, and what changes were made or are anticipated?; and (3) How did stakeholders collaborate to develop data infrastructure, and how have data influenced the policymaking process?
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Illinois Community College Board; Illinois State Board of Education
Authoring Institution: Illinois University, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Identifiers - Location: Illinois