Report to the Congress of the United States: Program Year 1

Report to the Congress of the United States: Program Year 1

Aug 2008

Executive Summary:

The University of Louisville is the lead institution and fiscal agent for the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE). The operation of the Center, however, extends far beyond the University of Louisville and involves a consortium that includes three other research universities and four organizations that provide key leadership for career and technical education (CTE). This broad consortium was established because the reauthorization of the Perkins legislation (P.L. 109-270) in 2006 specified that there shall be a single research center. The previous legislation had authorized one or more centers, and from 1999 through 2006 there were two centers, one responsible for research and the other responsible for dissemination, technical assistance, and professional development. In anticipation of the transition to a single center that would carry out these functions and also conduct research, the dissemination center was discontinued at the end of 2006, and the research center assumed responsibility for the transition to the new, single center, the NRCCTE, that was selected from the competition held in the summer of 2007.

To address the expanded responsibilities of the new NRCCTE, the University of Louisville assembled a consortium that leveraged existing capacity within the field of CTE. The members of this consortium not only have the ability to perform the work required, but also possess the understanding of and relationship with the field of practice that is essential to effective dissemination, technical assistance, and professional development. Three nationally recognized organizations have assumed the lead responsibility for these functions. The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) conducts our dissemination efforts. The National Institute for Work and Learning, a unit of the Academy for Educational Development (AED), working with the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and MPR Associates, provides technical assistance to the states. The High Schools That Work initiative of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has the lead for professional development. Others responsible for specific research projects include the University of Minnesota, Cornell University, the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University, and the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI). The involvement of institutions and organizations with representation of the leadership of the field gives our Center unparalleled access to and credibility with the broad array of practitioners upon whom the responsibility for change and improvement in CTE ultimately rests. Appendix A lists the primary staff members of the partners in the NRCCTE consortium.

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (2008). Report to the Congress of the United States: Program Year 1, August 1, 2007 to July 31, 2008. Louisville, KY: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, University of Louisville.