<< I'm helping to lead a series of practitioners advisory committees for the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) that are recommending ways to structure data and accountability reporting. It looks like the group is headed toward recommendations that CCCApply be modified to allow information to be captured on adult ed participants--but these changes may be needed for all CTE for Perkins reporting in the near future, so the impact may be broader.
Here's a brief write up on the topic that I'm working on--could you correct any factual inaccuracies and let me know if there's information you'd want me to share with the committee based on the likely response from the CCCApply Steering Committee, and your take on these requests?
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The common application form for community colleges—CCCApply—is managed by the CCC Technology Center, which is a project of the Chancellor’s Office. A steering committee is used to consider requests regarding changes to the form, in concert with the project sponsors.
One of the primary recommendations in the three AEBG data and accountability meetings held to date would be that CCCApply offer a different set of questions for adult education applicants, using a branching question structure or a different version of the application. This would allow sensitive topics like citizenship to be avoided and for the form to be streamlined so that it only includes information that is relevant in the adult education context. CCCApply has already been working on branching solutions to address requests from other Chancellor’s Office funded projects, which could be built upon for AEBG.
However, some committee members have noted that the changes outlined below may become important for Perkins reporting for both noncredit and credit programs, once that funding source is reauthorized and aligned with WIOA. Therefore, the following additions may be needed across all versions of the form:
1) Amend the Personal Information section to include:
- if participants were employed/unemployed/unemployed 27 consecutive weeks of more at time of entrance
- ex-offender status
- seasonal farm worker status
- homeless status
- exhausting TANF within two years status
2) Amend the Higher Education Level question to include: College certificate >>