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ERIC Number: ED508964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 105
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
Community College Noncredit Occupational Programming: A Study of State Policies and Funding
Oleksiw, Catherine A.; Kremidas, Chloe C.; Johnson-Lewis, Mark; Lekes, Natasha
National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
This study inventoried state policies and regulations on and financial support for noncredit occupational programming offered by community colleges. Information collected from state- and community college-level administrators and Web-based searches is organized by a range of issues related to noncredit occupational programming and funding, such as definitions for noncredit; categories of noncredit courses; development and delivery of programming, including content standards, instructor qualifications, and noncredit-to-credit course transfer; state-level collection of noncredit programming data; state funding mechanisms for noncredit courses; and contract training. The study also lays the groundwork for further research on the impact of community college noncredit programming policies and funding on course availability and accessibility, business and industry partnerships, and reporting mechanisms and data systems for noncredit programming. The authors' most telling findings concerned the range of operational definitions for noncredit programming and for noncredit occupational programming; the existence or absence of policies for development, delivery, and funding; the extent to which different funding mechanisms were used; and the paucity of data easily accessible (if even available) by the states. An apparent constant was the use of contract training in some capacity in every state. In all of this, the community college played a primary role, although many states maintained some degree of oversight, mainly for content standards and course approval. Another key player was the business and industry partner, often but not always through formal agreements due to either by programming or funding policies. Based on the extensive amount of information gathered for this study as well as in-depth discussions with state and community college representatives, different avenues for future research might be considered. This paper offers key recommendations. Appendices include: (1) Inventory of State Policies and Funding for Community College Noncredit Programming; (2) Community College Noncredit Study Interview Protocol; (3) Sample State Web Sites and Documents Reviewed; (4) Noncredit Programming Definitions; (5) State Policies for Community College Noncredit Occupational Course Development and Delivery; (6) State Funding Policies and Entities Responsible for Noncredit Occupational Programming; and (7) State Funding Mechanisms for Noncredit Occupational Programming at Community Colleges. (Contains 16 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education