Counting the Hidden Assets: First Steps in Assessing the Impact of Community College Noncredit Education Programs on the Workforce and Local EconomiesReport as inadecuate




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By providing an affordable way to build and maintain a knowledgeable and skilled workforce, noncredit courses add value to people and their communities. Still, government leaders and other decisionmakers want to know: Exactly how much value do they add? Who benefits? What is the return on investment? Which programs are most effective and most cost-effective? And of course, how can these programs be improved? This white paper proposes the first steps to provide the answers decisionmakers want and community colleges need. Appendices include: (1) Testing the Activity Measure and Framework at Two Colleges: Macomb Community College and LaGuardia Community College; and (2) Members of the Research Team. A bibliography is included. (Contains 5 endnotes.)

Descriptors: Noncredit Courses, Community Colleges, Outcomes of Education, Labor Force Development, Economic Impact, Accountability, College Role, Role of Education, English (Second Language), Developmental Programs, Job Skills, Job Training, Urban Schools, Measurement Techniques, School Business Relationship, Models

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Author: Business Roundtable

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