Provides early findings from the implementation of the Accelerating Opportunity program—which is designed to improve adult education and establish career pathways for adults with low basic skills.

“As a part of a rigorous evaluation of the AO [Accelerated Opportunity] initiative, this first report assesses the implementation of the initiative during its first year…The data presented in this report come from a survey of all AO colleges, site visits to the five states, grant documents, and quarterly calls with AO states and colleges” (p.i).

(Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

“This report provides key findings from the early implementation that have helped the AO initiative develop strategies for its continuation and offers lessons for other states and colleges considering the AO model” (p.i). The key findings include: • “States and colleges primarily focused on building AO pathways during the first year” (p.ii). • “Many AO students expressed satisfaction with their pathway program” (p.ii). • “Institutional factors played an important role in the selection of AO pathways” (p.ii). • “Attitudes toward and opportunities for adult education students were beginning to change” (p.iii). • “AO instructors used a mix of team-teaching approaches” (p.iii). • “Creating a consistent and comprehensive network of support services is still a work-in-progress” (p.iii). • “The loss of Pell’s Ability to Benefit shifted most college’s recruitment strategies (p.iv). • “Almost all colleges had connections with workforce agencies, but many were still trying to develop greater employer engagement” (p.iv). • “Though first-year resources used for AO varied across states and colleges, most resources went to staffing” (p.iv). • “States supported AO implementation by building on existing infrastructure and relationships” (p.v). • “States changed and aligned policy but were still working to address challenges, especially around financing AO” (p.v). (Abstractor: Author and Website staff)