Community College Noncredit Occupational Programming: A Study of State Policies and Funding

Community College Noncredit Occupational Programming: A Study of State Policies and Funding

Oct 2007

Authors:

Catherine A. Oleksiw
Chloe C. Kremidas
Mark Johnson-Lewis
Natasha Lekes
Academy for Educational Development

Abstract:

This study inventoried state policies and regulations on and financial support for noncredit occupational programming offered by community colleges. Information collected from state- and community college-level administrators and Web-based searches is organized by a range of issues related to noncredit occupational programming and funding, such as definitions for noncredit; categories of noncredit courses; development and delivery of programming, including content standards, instructor qualifications, and noncredit-to-credit course transfer; state-level collection of noncredit programming data; state funding mechanisms for noncredit courses; and contract training. The study also lays the groundwork for further research on the impact of community college noncredit programming policies and funding on course availability and accessibility, business and industry partnerships, and reporting mechanisms and data systems for noncredit programming.

 

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Oleksiw, C. A., Kremidas, C. C., Johnson-Lewis, M., & Lekes, N. (2007, October). Community college noncredit occupational programming: A study of state policies and funding. St. Paul, MN: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, University of Minnesota.