Current Studies

Overview

The NRCCTE’s research focuses on issues of urgency to both the field of CTE and the nation’s higher education system, recovering economy, and evolving labor market, addressing such topics as programs of study (POS)/career pathways, curriculum integration of CTE and academic content knowledge and skills, postsecondary student retention and completion, and professional development for educators in the areas of data use for program improvement and support for alternatively certified CTE educators.

Community colleges have been implementing a number of interventions in their efforts to improve retention but lack solid information as to which are most closely associated with student retention and program completion for students in occupational programs, and which students...

The majority of positions that pay wages or salaries high enough to support a family—almost two-thirds of all jobs—require skills associated with at least some education beyond high school. In fact, although high school grades and behaviors are associated with...

Many of those working in the field of CTE have continuously grappled with the need for a uniformly global set of information--a national-level database or, at minimum, a common, standardized set of definitions and measures--to meet CTE's multiple needs, including...

CTE is increasingly seen as a major potential contributor to the recovery of the U.S. economy. However, the effectiveness and impact of Perkins IV, which governs CTE, are unclear. Is the federal investment in CTE paying off? To answer this,...

CTE’s role in connecting secondary education with workforce development has long been recognized, but current CTE evaluation systems have struggled to offer objective evidence to determine how CTE adds value to the U.S. economy. Return on investment (ROI) studies may...