Program Quality

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

  • Guide/Tool
November 2017

This policy brief from AEI aims to answer the question of how 2-year community colleges can offer more effective workforce training programs. The brief lays out a national landscape and provides an actionable plan for rethinking the mission of 2-year community colleges.

  • Case Study
  • Research/ Report
November 2017

This policy brief from the American Enterprise Institute explores common barriers to delivering high-quality CTE at community colleges and envisions a path forward for dismantling some of the most persistent barriers.

  • Case Study
November 2017

This brief from the American Enterprise Institute examines the structure of New Jersey's county-based vocational high schools, which exist outside of the school district and have rigorour admissions requirements, and draws forth relevant lessons to foster local innovation around CTE.

  • Guide/Tool
November 2017

This report from the College Board draws on a working group of experts to provide practical guidance for college credit in high school programs, focusing on program quality and accountability, value for time and dollars invested, equity and access, and transparency and credit transfer.

  • Case Study
  • Guide/Tool
November 2017

This guide from ExcelinEd maps out four phases for state leaders to create high quality CTE programs that align with workforce demands. 

  • Research/ Report
October 2017

This research study examines coursetaking behavior for high school students and finds that CTE coursetaking in high school was associated with lower chances of dropout and increased chances of on-time graduation.

  • Case Study
September 2017

This brief from Jobs for the Future profiles the design and implementation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-focused early college pathways in Bridgeport, Connecticut. 

  • Guide/Tool
September 2017

This tool from Advance CTE lays out the non-negotiable elements of an effective policy for approving and evaluating CTE programs of study and offers an assessment rubric that state leaders can use to identify gaps in their current state policy and prioritize areas for improvement.