Research Report Practice Insights to Advance Racial Equity in Online Postsecondary Career and Technical Education
Lessons from the CTE CoLab
Shayne Spaulding, Amanda Briggs, Izabela Solosi, Hailey D'Elia, Elise Colin, Theresa Anderson, Julia Payne, Sandy Goodman, Jen Vanek
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The CTE CoLab, an Urban-led coalition of six national partners, guided 12 community and career and technical education (CTE) colleges through a two-and-a-half year, multistep equity action planning process focused on improving outcomes and advancing racial equity in online and hybrid CTE programs. College teams worked to understand gaps in outcomes for students of color and develop and implement strategies to address barriers to success stemming from historical, systemic, and institutional factors.

This report documents the equity action planning process, strategies the colleges implemented to support students, and recommendations informed by lessons learned along the way. Strategies focused on increasing student supports, centering equity in online instruction delivery, and engaging with employers. Larger institutional changes sometimes required starting small, with a committed team bringing diverse expertise, roles, and experience to advance equity. Although the initiative’s two-year timeframe proved challenging, colleges laid the groundwork to inform deeper and broader implementation of these strategies moving forward.

Research Areas Education
Tags Postsecondary education and training Higher education Inequities in educational achievement Racial equity in education School-based partnerships and services Job training Technology and future of learning and training Workforce development Youth employment and training Racial and ethnic disparities Building America’s Workforce
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center
Research Methods Data analysis Data collection Qualitative data analysis