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For more than one hundred and fifty years, until 2008, California was an undisputed national leader in its commitment to adult education. The state's investment in adult learners topped $750 million, a sum greater than the combined total of every other state in the nation. However, for the past several years recession and fiscal crisis have left adult education battered and underfunded. Since the late 1960s California's adult education system has been shared between the K-12 adult schools (K-12 Adult) and the community colleges. This governance structure exists with little coordination or alignment of policy and practice. Institutional practices impede the transition of students from basic skills courses into postsecondary education and training programs. In response, the 2013-14 Assembly Bill 86, Section 76, Article 3 (AB 86) charged the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office with jointly implementing a planning process to integrate and improve adult education. The legislation appropriated $25 million to distribute to 70 regional consortia, composed of at least one community college and one K-12 district, as well as other partners, to assess their regions and develop shared plans. Under the leadership of State Superintendent Tom Torlakson and Chancellor Brice W. Harris, the CDE and Chancellor's Office engaged in a collaborative effort, created a Cabinet, appointed a Work Group, and established the principles that would guide the two year planning process: transparency, inclusion, and a focus on students. The unified response and commitment to creating an improved adult education system was shared by both the CDE and the Chancellor's Office. As directed by AB 86, this report details the needs that emerged from the 70 consortia's reports and the joint recommendations of the CDE and the Chancellor's Office. Senate Bill 173 (Liu) also required this report to address the following in the provision of adult education through the K-12 Adult and community college systems: accountability; assessment, evaluation, and data collection; and fees. The recommendations in this report are designed to strengthen the foundation for a new adult education system in California. Maps containing enrollment data submitted by the seventy AB 86 consortia in their 12/31/2015 reports for the 2012-13 school year are appended.

Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Planning, Regional Planning, State Legislation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Community Colleges, Educational Needs, Consortia, Access to Education, Educational Demand, Educational Innovation, Student Placement, Accountability, Regional Cooperation, Program Improvement, Adult Students, Student Evaluation, Alignment (Education)

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Autor: California Community Colleges, Chancellor-s Office


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