June 2016 Adult Learners Project Team Update

The following update was presented to the TCCC Board of Directors during their annual Annual Meeting on June 15, 2016.


MISSION

Attract more adults to member institutions to obtain a 2- or 4-year degree, certificate or graduate degree in order to develop their life and workplace skills and to meet employer needs.

The adults transitioning from 2- to 4-year degrees and graduate degree enrollment are potential areas for future work.

Opportunities for collaboration among IHEs (e.g. cross-institution course credits) are also potential agenda items.

VISION

To increase degree completion and the acquisition of other credentials at member institutions by local residents, representative of the diversity of the region’s workforce and population, through expanded tuition support and course offerings that match employment opportunities

STRATEGIES

  • Identify the significant areas of personal barriers (academically or in other ways) and resources available to improve readiness. Identify gaps in resource availability and potentials ways to fill them.
    • Focus on overcoming common barriers and collaborating on common benefits to prospective students
    • Emphasis on Low Cost/No Cost methods
  • Identify where prospective students are located, how to reach them and what messaging is effective in increasing response. What collective marketing strategies might be effective at bringing prospective students to the ‘front door’ of member institutions?
  • Identify the most significant ‘external’ barriers for returning adults (transportation, finance, child care, etc.) and what might be done to both communicate where assistance is available and possibly to provide solutions collaboratively
  • Determine the extent of tuition support available and in use in the region, in support of employees returning to obtain their degree. Make recommendations for further action by the business community and public sector to expand availability, access and use.
  • Collaboratively, work with the business community (and public sector) to identify courses and programs that fill workforce gaps. Identify best practice and align career exploration tools with regional labor market opportunities.

HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS

  • Member IHE Total Enrollment (spring semester) and Total Degree Completion annually (2015 and 2016 academic years, with 2016 establishing the base line)
    • Ages 21-64
    • By gender and ethnicity
    • Unduplicated
  • Tuition Support
    • # of students enrolled receiving tuition support from their employer/total tuition support $ (2016 academic year)
    • # of employers offering tuition support/# employees covered/% utilization (2016)

Data submitted will be aggregated and shared with the group in that form. No individual IHE data will be shared with members of the group or anyone else without the expressed written consent of the IHE.

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