From remedial ed to the workforce

Dev Ed is Good for Business blogs Accelerating Achievement, which wants business leaders to see this graphic:











There’s also a link to talking points (under Communications) to persuade business leaders and policy makers to support community colleges’ developmental education programs.

I think business and political leaders know the correlation between education attainment and employment. But they may not believe community colleges can turn remedial students into educated, trainable workers.

Developmental ed students need to know their realistic paths to a decent job. Many think they need a bachelor’s degree, which very few will complete.

It’s a shame that the “some college” category is a mishmash of college dropouts, who don’t improve their earnings,  and certificate earners, who do, sometimes very significantly.  It’s long past time for the feds to collect data on outcomes for students who complete certificates of various kinds. (Short-term certificates are worth a lot less than certificates that take a year or more to earn, according to Certificates Count.)

In addition, the associate degree category mixes people with a general ed A.A., which has no effect on earnings, and those with an occupational degree, often an associate of applied science, who do quite well in the labor market.


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