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ERIC Number: ED561274
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 70
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Thinking Big: A Framework for States on Scaling Up Community College Innovation
Asera, Rose; McDonnell, Rachel Pleasants; Soricone, Lisa; Anderson, Nate; Endel, Barbara
Jobs For the Future
It is a truism of American social policy that our nation has great success generating innovative programs that improve outcomes for participants--but that we are far less effective at moving from small, "boutique" programs into broadly applied solutions that improve the prospects of large numbers of individuals. This is certainly true in the education and workforce fields. We at Jobs For the Future (JFF) are not the first to tackle the question of scale. We felt the need, though, to undertake our own inquiry to inform our thinking about scale and to specify a framework that could be useful to both policymakers and practitioners. We mined the extensive research literature on scale and sustainability, and looked in depth at efforts in Arkansas, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington State, and interviewed key policy and practice entrepreneurs, college and system leaders, and experienced evaluators of community college initiatives, in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, and Texas. "Thinking Big" suggests a comprehensive process of four phases--planning, initiating, expanding, and sustaining--while highlighting common issues that arise in scaling up and how to address them. The following are appended: (1) What the Literature Says about Scale in Educational Innovation; and (2) The Arkansas Career Pathway Initiative
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Florida; Illinois; Kentucky; Louisiana; Michigan; New York; Oregon; Texas; Virginia; Washington