Racial and Ethnic Equity Gaps in Postsecondary Career and Technical Education

While significant disparities in postsecondary CTE outcomes exist between learners of color and White learners in traditional Career Technical Education (CTE) programs at community and technical colleges, the gaps are even wider in online postsecondary programs. This report from the Urban Institute presents data that illustrates the gaps in academic outcomes between learners of color and their White peers, identifies key challenges to improving academic outcomes for learners of color in online CTE programs, and provides a framework of strategies for achieving equity in those outcomes. These strategies are targeted towards the improvement of online delivery, program quality and diversity, and institutional structures that support or inhibit access to high-quality online CTE programs for learners of color. 

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March 2021