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ERIC Number: ED519794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 56
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Achieving Ambitious Goals: Case Studies of Scaling-Up Programs for Advancing Low-Skilled Adults
Endel, Barbara; Anderson, Nate
Jobs for the Future
A college credential is essential for individuals seeking to earn family-supporting wages. However, over 90 million Americans face considerable barriers in obtaining the basic academic skills necessary to enroll in college-level courses. Research, combined with the challenges experienced daily by those in the workforce development field, has led individuals to expect--and even accept--that nothing will change this situation for a large proportion of millions of men and women. Attaining significantly better outcomes requires transformations in policy and in practice, but it begins with a commitment: to believe in and support the advancement of low-skilled, low-literacy students to and through college-credential programs. That is what "Breaking Through" set out to do when Jobs for the Future and the National Council for Workforce Education launched the initiative in 2004. Transformational change begins with an institutional affirmation to help all students enter and succeed in college, especially those with the most need. In 2009, five community colleges received $40,000 grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to scale up their "Breaking Through" programs. The case studies in this report were prepared for practitioners, policymakers, foundation staff members, and others interested in strategies to advance low-skilled adults to increasingly higher levels of learning. The case studies illustrate how "Breaking Through" promotes scale and impact along a number of fronts, using data to stimulate institutional change and ensure that students progress along their pathways toward credentials or degrees. "Breaking Through" colleges commit to collecting data on several core indicators and to taking part in comparison-group analyses in order to measure impact. [This paper was written with Jeremy Kelley.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Michigan; North Carolina; Washington