National Programs of Study Institute

Project Overview

Principal Investigators

Robert Shumer
Research Associate
University of Minnesota

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 CTE instruction provided to secondary and postsecondary students.

Four states—Oklahoma, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Guam—participated in the technical assistance, which commenced with a two-day meeting on February 6-7, 2012 at the NRCCTE's headquarters in Louisville, KY. Later meetings were held at the 2012 ACTE National Policy Seminar, March 5-7, 2012, and via conference call on June 11, 2012.

State Materials:

Oklahoma - Oklahoma's NPOSI coordinator Jeremy Zweiacker wrote an article about the state's efforts to improve its POS that is being featured on the Best Practices page of the National Association for Career Pathways Leadership (NACPL) website. Read more.

Now the state is taking what it learned as part of that process to help schools across the state implement rigorous POS in its own Oklahoma Programs of Study Institute. Read more.

National POS Institute Resources:

MPR Associates, Inc. (2010). Programs of study: Local implementation readiness and capacity self-assessment - A tool for local college and career readiness. Berkeley, CA: Author. (PDF)

CAPE Network Universal Encouragement Program: The Universal Encouragement Program (UEP) is a customizable online guidance assessment, reporting, communications, and evaluation system designed to help counselors and other education support professionals document and respond to students' career and education needs, interests, and experiences. UEP assessments inform guidance and encouragement efforts that lead to improved educational attainment and career decision-making.

Special Publications Related to POS:

International Journal of Educational Reform (Spring 2012 Special Issue)