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How can short-term programs be evaluated to ensure they provide a quality experience and positive outcomes for students? A recent paper from the Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) describes the existing processes for evaluating quality for postsecondary education and workforce training, and analyzes how well these quality assurance processes apply to short-term programs.
The paper assesses how well quality assurance mechanisms such as accreditation, gainful employment regulations, Registered Apprenticeship requirements, eligible training provider (ETP) lists and state-developed industry credential lists work when applied to short-term programs, based on seven criteria:
The paper concludes that no current quality assurance processes are ideal for short-term occupational programs, and recommends that federal financial aid policies support short-term programs that:
In addition, WDQC recommends that federal Pell Grants be expanded to short-term programs that meet the criteria above and include 150 to 600 clock hours of instruction over a period of at least eight weeks. The U.S. Department of Education should certify eligibility every three years.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 03/12/2017 at 01:06 PM in Data and Research, Postsecondary Issues | Permalink
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