The College Completion Agenda
Date: Wednesday 6 March
Time: 5:30pm- 8:00pm
Location: Theatre 3, Level 1, Alan Gilbert Building, 161 Barry st (Cnr Grattan st)
The College Completion Agenda: Changes and Challenges Facing US Community Colleges
President Obama's agenda proposes to increase the number of Americans with college certificates or degrees by 10 million by 2020.
This free seminar will define the completion problem from the perspective of community colleges that have relatively low rates of completion and discuss the actions they are taking to address it. The US government's Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant will be discussed using evaluation data reporting. In particular: who the grant is intended to serve and who it is actually serving, the promise the grant represents for low skilled adults who are unemployed and underemployed, and whether and how the grants will facilitate upward social mobility. Lessons for institutions, teachers and others will also be discussed.
Speaker: Debra Bragg, Director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.