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.

A growing number of students rely on the access and convenience afforded by online postsecondary education to develop job skills, achieve economic mobility, and increase their contributions to society. Demand for online courses is expected to continue growing. Two-year colleges...

In 2005, the state of South Carolina initiated an innovative approach to career-focused education through the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA). Developed with the backing of the state’s business community, EEDA aims to improve student achievement and preparedness for...

To assist states in addressing barriers to the implementation of federally mandated programs of study (POS), the NRCCTE launched its first National POS Institute, a six-month program of research-based technical assistance intended to support states in improving the quality of...

In order to evaluate the impact of programs of study (POS)/career pathways, the NRCCTE commissioned three longitudinal, field-based studies that focus on efforts being made to implement POS across the country. NRCCTE researchers conducted a cross-site evaluation of these three...

In this qualitative case study project, NRCCTE researchers from the University of Minnesota conducted site visits to six states and local districts within those states to describe the implementation of programs of study (POS)/career pathways during the first half of...