Programs of study (POS; also called career pathways) represent the most recent federal effort to better align high school and postsecondary education with the demands of the changing global economy and provide a more coherent pathway for youth as they move toward adulthood. Shaped by labor market demand, POS align secondary and postsecondary curricula and offer students the ability to explore careers, earn industry recognized credentials, and participate in dual credit-earning opportunities, thus potentially shortening their time to a postsecondary degree. Developing education systems to support this requires evidence to guide the development of policy and the design of practice. The NRCCTE at the University of Louisville is producing the only systematic body of evidence on POS.
To evaluate the impact of POS, in 2007-2008, the NRCCTE commissioned three longitudinal, field-based studies of POS across the country as well as two additional qualitative studies. Our other POS-related activities have included technical assistance and a field-based video series on the activities of states, districts, and institutions implementing POS.
Programs of Study/Career Pathways Research Studies:
Other Programs of Study / Career Pathways Related Projects:
Special Publications on POS:
Techniques Magazine (January 2012 Programs of Study Issue)
International Journal of Educational Reform (Spring 2012 Special Issue)
- Do Career and Technical Education Programs of Study Improve Student Achievement? Preliminary Analyses from a Rigorous Longitudinal Study
- Mature Programs of Study: A Structure for the Transition to College and Career?
- Implementing a Statewide Mandated Career Pathways/Programs of Study School Reform Model: Select Findings from a Multisite Case Study
- Situating Programs of Study Within Current and Historical Career and Technical Educational Reform Efforts