Research Report The First Year of Accelerating Opportunity: Implementation Findings from the States and Colleges
Theresa Anderson, Lauren Eyster, Robert I. Lerman, Carol Clymer, Maureen Conway, Marcela Montes
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Beginning in 2012, the Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative provided $1.6 million in grants to five states. The grants were to help community colleges create career pathway programs to enroll students with low basic skills into for-credit career and technical education courses to improve their educational and employment outcomes. A rigorous and comprehensive evaluation of AO includes a non-experimental impact study, an implementation study, and a cost-benefit analysis. This first report provides key findings on the pathways, students, resources, partnerships, culture shifts, and policy developments from the first year of implementation of the initiative.
Research Areas Education Nonprofits and philanthropy Workforce
Tags Higher education Workforce development Foundations and philanthropy
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population