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Adult College Completion Toolkit Released

Posted on 11/13/2012

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The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational Education (OVAE) (www), has just released the Adult College Completion Toolkit (pdf), a collection of resources designed to connect state administrators and local practitioners to the strategies, resources, and technical assistance tools that can help address just this challenge at local, state and national levels, and to set priorities that encourage and support adult learners transitioning to college.

The 82-page document is designed for practitioners working in the field and policy makers, and will be useful as well for students themselves.  With a focus on 4 student groups; veterans, adult learners, individuals in correctional institutions, and high skill immigrants; the toolkit addresses these three key areas of concern:

  • Access: Academic preparation, financial resources and other support students need.
  • Quality: Evidence-based practices used by program that have proven effective with adult students.
  • Completion: Administrative policies and programmatic approaches that encourage student persistence.

The Adult College Completion Toolkit also offers a wide array of proven effective strategies, including these examples:

  • Increase awareness of college counseling and financial aid
  • Link adult learners to career pathways through bridge-type programs
  • Promote teacher effectiveness and evidence-based practice
  • Track program outcomes
  • Support programs in addressing students barriers
  • Use technology to enhance services to students

The Adult College Completion Toolkit (pdf) can serve as an important and comprehensive tool for all of those working to help adult learners succeed in postsecondary education.

OVAE (www) administers, coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges.

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