Scans the field for effective college and career pathways programs, and compares common infrastructural elements and potential strengthening factors.

“In this report the term ‘college and career pathways’ — or ‘pathways’ for short — is used to refer to a range of models or approaches that attempt to create a clear path for students to follow to attain an educational and occupational goal, while learning the skills — sometimes called twenty-first century skills or transferable skills — they need to succeed in both domains. This report focuses on pathway programs that begin in high schools and sometimes extend beyond, to postsecondary education or training.

“The report begins with a short history of how pathways evolved from the relatively narrow occupational courses that dominated vocational education in high schools throughout most of the twentieth century to the more comprehensive models of today. Next, it describes the models and approaches identified in a recent scan of the field, noting the various principles, locations, and prevalence and any intermediaries that support them. The next section lists the core design principles of models and approaches that many believe to be the key ingredients of the most promising programs. Following this is a brief discussion of the efficacy of a subset of these programs for which rigorous evidence exists. The report concludes with a section addressing the factors or conditions that would enable the strengthening and expansion of pathways at the local level” (p.1).

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