Driving Quality in Postsecondary CTE: Approval and Evaluation Policies

With the majority of “good jobs” that pay a family-sustaining wage requiring at least some college education — such as a technical certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree or another credential of value — ensuring the existence of high-quality postsecondary CTE programs and programs of study is more important than ever before in preparing learners for high-skill, high-wage and high-demand careers.


Although postsecondary programs are typically considered to be the purview of individual institutions, supported by academic freedom and local control, states have an important role to play in ensuring that each learner has access to only high-quality and relevant programs, notably by leveraging program approval and program evaluation policies and processes. This report from Advance CTE explores how states are leveraging this role to ensure quality. The report examines examples of the role states can play in ensuring postsecondary CTE program quality in California, Florida and Wisconsin.

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August 2018
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