2007-2012 CTE Impact Report

This impact report represents an executive summary of the research, dissemination, technical assistance, and professional development activities conducted by the NRCCTE during its first five years of operation at the University of Louisville (2007-2012).

Additional detail on the NRCCTE’s activities can be found here on our website and in our many published research reports, multimedia products, and formal reports to our funding agency, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) at the U.S. Department of Education, and the United States Congress. This impact statement focuses on how the NRCCTE’s varied agenda has influenced and continues to influence the national discussion of CTE and the contribution CTE can make to improve the high school experience and transition to postsecondary education and employment of young people. In these challenging economic times, CTE is more important than ever to the future outcomes of our youth.

Via NRCCTE.

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Learning Matters: Rethinking Basic Skills In Community Colleges (2012)

According to Stan Jones of Complete College America, U.S. taxpayers are spending close to $3 billion per year on supporting remedial classes at the community college level. Remedial courses — designed to help students catch up, and often taken on a non-credit basis — often aren’t successful at preparing students for their primary, credit-earning coursework.

At the same time, though, the presence of remedial classes is often a cash cow for the colleges; the courses can end up providing funding to other areas.

What can be done to improve the situation? Producer John Tulenko traveled to two community colleges in Maryland that are taking different approaches to the problem.

Via You Tube.