Moving the Needle: Data, Success, and Accountability for Workforce Programs
What’s a community college education worth?
The value of a community college education will always be understated if success is only measured when students complete the required coursework at a single college. Value needs to be measured at the individual level, such as whether students successfully master skills that allow them to secure employment and a living wage.
This paper, written by WestEd’s Kathy Booth, was prepared for the California Community Colleges Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy. The paper provides background information on how career and technical education success is captured and documented in the California community college system.
The paper covers:
- Why success looks different in career technical education compared to four-year colleges
- Why community college completion should not be the only measure of success
- Establishing expanded success measures
- Data challenges
- Recommendations for action
This information is intended to support the development of recommendations by the Task Force.
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