Program Quality

Resources on topics such as program approval, accreditation, standards, programs of study, evaluation, personalized learning and academic-technical integration

  • Research/ Report
April 2019

MDRC's Center for Effective CTE conducted a scan of notable community college Career Technical Education (CTE) programs across the country to identify promising practices and common challenges to promoting equitable access to CTE programs.

  • Research/ Report
April 2019

This report by Advance CTE explores the benefits of credit for prior learning (CPL) policies, best practices in CPL across states and what states can do to advance CPL opportunities for learners. 

  • Guide/Tool
March 2019

This guide from Advance CTE provides a summary, analysis and guidance for each major component of the comprehensive local needs assessment and the decisions states can be making now to support a robust CLNA process that aligns with the state’s overall vision for CTE

  • Guide/Tool
March 2019

This guide from ACTE provides an overview and and guidance for the comprehensive local needs assessment so that local leaders can utilize it as a tool for program improvement. 

  • Guide/Tool
February 2019

This guide from the College Board describes AP Seminar’s course contents and provides state, district, and student examples of how AP Seminar could be potentially embedded into a CTE program of study.

  • Case Study
  • Research/ Report
  • Guide/Tool
February 2019

This report from ExcelinEd examines states' current CTE funding structures and outlines five steps states can take to leverage the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) and maximize the impact of their CTE funding.

  • Case Study
January 2019

This brief, the third in the Making Good on the Promise series, maps out steps state leaders can take to rebuild trust in marginalized communities that CTE historically failed to serve equitably. 

  • Guide/Tool
January 2019

This guide from Advance CTE and the College Board examines how specific CLEP exams can be embedded into or used to augment programs of study by Career Cluster.