Beyond Basic Skills: State Strategies to Connect Low-Skilled Students to an Employer-Valued...
Author(s): Foster, Marcie; Strawn, Julie; and Duke-Benfield, Amy Ellen
Organizational Author(s): Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success
Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success
Resource Availability: Publicly available
Describes strategies that state policymakers can use to strengthen connections between basic skills education and postsecondary education to help lower-skilled adults and out-of-school youth attain the postsecondary credentials they need to advance in the labor market.
“Beyond Basic Skills describes strategies that state policymakers can use to strengthen connections between basic skills education and postsecondary education to help lower-skilled adults and out-of-school youth attain the postsecondary credentials they need to advance in the labor market” (p.1). (Abstractor: Author)
Full publication title: Beyond Basic Skills: State Strategies to Connect Low-Skilled Students to an Employer-Valued Postsecondary Education
Major Findings & Recommendations
"Considering the projected demand for workers with higher levels of education and the known challenges for basic skills students, states should fundamentally rethink the goals, content, and delivery of developmental and adult education services. They should promote the creation of pathways that enable students to move into postsecondary education and training programs more quickly, complete credentials, and transition into careers or to four-year colleges. States should adopt policies to:
Create ―bridge‖ programs that ease the transition to postsecondary education by integrating basic skills instruction (or English language instruction) with higher-level academic content or technical skills training;
Dually enroll basic skills students in occupational or academic coursework and their developmental or adult education courses;
Contextualize basic skills instruction with occupational skills training or other college-level academic content;
Require that college academic assessment be coupled with personalized academic and career guidance so that students can find the best fit for their skills and goals among developmental and adult education options connected to college and career pathways;
Promote college-going aspirations for lower-skilled adults and youth by developing pathways, with achievable milestones, from adult education and GED to college enrollment;
Set goals and performance measures that give developmental education and adult education programs incentives to prepare students to enroll in and succeed in college." (p.6) (Abstractor: Author)
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