What Will Be the Impact of Programs of Study? A Preliminary Assessment Based on Similar Previous Initiatives, State Plans for Implementation, and Career Development Theory

What Will Be the Impact of Programs of Study? A Preliminary Assessment Based on Similar Previous Initiatives, State Plans for Implementation, and Career Development Theory

Oct 2008

Authors:

Morgan V. Lewis
Natalie R. Kosine
Laura Overman
NRCCTE

Executive Summary:

In 2006, Congress reauthorized the federal role in career and technical education (CTE) by passing the fourth version of the legislation carrying the name of Carl D. Perkins. This legislation included the requirement that to be eligible to receive funds, recipients must offer at least one Program of Study (POS), which must include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical content. This content must be delivered in a coordinated, nonduplicative progression of courses that align secondary education with postsecondary education and lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level or an associate or baccalaureate degree. In addition, the programs may include the opportunity for secondary education students to participate in dual or concurrent enrollment programs or other ways to acquire postsecondary education credits. In this paper, we provide a perspective on POS and the effect they are likely to have on the delivery and outcomes of CTE.

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Lewis, M. V., & Kosine, N. R. (with Overman, L.). (2008, October). What will be the impact of programs of study? A preliminary assessment based on similar previous initiatives, state plans for implementation, and career development theory. Louisville, KY: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, University of Louisville.