Adult College Completion Tool Kit

The Toolkit helps policymakers at the state and local level implement practical evidence-based solutions that increase the number of graduates who earn high-quality degrees and certificates required to compete for good jobs in the 21st century global economy.
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Author(s): 
Michelle Tolbert
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
MPR Associates, Inc.
Published: 
2012
Number of Pages: 
29
Product Type: 
Required Training: 

None

Abstract: 

 This Adult College Completion Tool Kit is designed to connect state administrators and local practitioners to the strategies, resources, and technical assistance tools resulting from the Department's work. States can use this information to identify and implement state adult education leadership priorities, supported by federal Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) funds, which encourage and support adult learners transitioning to college.

The tool kit focuses on three areas:

  • Access: Academic preparation, financial resources, and other support students need to enroll in postsecondary education programs.
  • Quality: Evidence-based practices used by programs to ensure their services prepare students adequately for postsecondary education.
  • Completion: Administrative policies and programmatic approaches to encourage student persistence in postsecondary education programs.
Benefits and Uses: 

The Adult College Completion Tool Kit has been developed to help policymakers at the state and local level implement practical evidence-based solutions that increase the number of graduates who earn high-quality degrees and certificates required to compete for good jobs in the 21st century global economy. College completion is a shared responsibility; this Toolkit also provides resources for adult education administrators, teachers, and students.

Adult education state administrators and local practitioners need to prepare their students for the transition to postsecondary education. This work includes improving their students’ access to postsecondary education, the quality of their programs and services, and their students’ persistence and completion rates in college. As described in this tool kit, Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) and other offices of the U.S. Department of Education have developed a wealth of resources and tools to help state administrators and local practitioners in this work. The tool kit also outlines strategies to achieve the president’s goal and offers examples of how state and local programs are implementing those strategies.

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