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Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Hearing about the Proposed Online Community College
February 8, 2018


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Press Releases

California Community Colleges Committed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Online College to Provide Skills and Training for “Stranded” Working Adults - January 10, 2018

Media Coverage

California’s Proposed Online Community College Steps Outside the Higher Ed ModelElearningInside News, February 17, 2018

Brown’s online college idea opens doors for workers. Don’t let lobbyists strangle itThe Sacramento Bee, February 16, 2018

Retraining Workers for the Future EconomyMeeting of the Minds, February 13, 2018

Closing the Workforce Equity Gap with Accessible Online EducationMeeting of the Minds, February 13, 2018

Online community college crucial for skilled workforceCapitol Weekly, February 7, 2018

Working learners would benefit from new online community collegeThe San Diego Union-Tribune, January 26, 2018

Statewide, Online, Nondegree, Competency-Based. Good Idea?Inside Higher Ed, January 24, 2018

Jerry Brown's Big Idea For Upskilling WorkersForbes, January 23, 2018

Online-only California community college to target 'stranded workers'EdSource, December 8, 2017

This Week in California Education, EdSource Radio interview with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, December 1, 2017

Statewide and Online Only in CaliforniaInside Higher Ed, November 13, 2017

Publications about the Future of Work

“In just a few years, competency-based education has gained considerable attention as an innovative alternative to traditional higher education… The CBE program at Sinclair Community College illustrates several ways to capitalize on technology. Sinclair’s CBE completion rate is 13 percent higher than that of other programs; the students earn three times as many credentials as students in traditional programs, and 90 percent of students obtain internships that lead to full-time employment.” Next-Generation CBE: Designing Competency-based Education for Underprepared College Learners. By Amy Giradi and Rachel Crew at Jobs For The Future

“Fortunately for institutions considering offering or revising a CBE curriculum of their own, a new CBE University of Wisconsin-Extension case study lays a solid foundation for CBE success.” By The University of Wisconsin System with a grant from the Lumina foundation

The new economics of jobs is bad news for working-class Americans - and maybe for TrumpBrookings, January 16, 2018

The Telegraph: Robots could take your job – but you can retrain to find a better one, says WEF reportBurning Glass Technologies, January 2018

Globalization and technological change have likely put downward pressure on less-educated workers' wages.Hamilton Project- Brookings, September 2017

AI and robots could threaten your career within 5 yearsCNBC, October 2017

Closing the pay gap and beyond: A comprehensive strategy for improving economic security for women and familiesEconomic Policy Institute, November 2015

“As the types of skills needed in the labour market change rapidly, individual workers will have to engage in life-long learning if they are to remain not just employable but are to achieve fulfilling and rewarding careers that allow them to maximize their employment opportunities. For companies, reskilling and upskilling strategies will be critical if they are to find the talent they need and to contribute to socially responsible approaches to the future of work. For policy-makers, reskilling and retraining the existing workforce are essential levers to fuel future economic growth, enhance societal resilience in the face of technological change and pave the way for future-ready education systems for the next generation of workers.” Towards a Reskilling Revolution: A Future of Jobs for All by the World Economic Forum, in conjunction with the Boston Consulting Group

“Without a clear educational path to reclaiming their displaced jobs, middle-age to older workers often choose not to re-enter the workforce or re-enroll in school, preferring instead to collect unemployment checks.” Community colleges focus on retraining workers displaced by artificial intelligence by Kate Hardiman in The Washington Examiner

“Many studies have shown that the days of training once for a single career path are over. For workers to remain flexible in a world where some of the most prominent future jobs have not been invented yet, they must constant go back to the classroom.” One of the world’s biggest firms is spending $450 million to solve a world problem created by robots by Lianna Brinden in Quartz

“We need responsive solutions and coordination from all parts of society - governments, citizens and private industry alike – to re-envision an educational system based on lifelong learning that can fully prepare workers for the jobs of the future,” Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum in 1 Million Workers Targeted in Tech-Reskilling Drive

“Workers are bracing for a future where it’s estimated each industrial robot displaces six employees and 30 percent of banking jobs could disappear within five years as artificial intelligence gets smarter. Much of the worst disruption will affect lower-paying jobs often held by women or less educated workers.” Women Face Greater Robot Risk for Job Losses, Davos Report Finds by Jeff Green at Bloomberg

Publications about Working Learners and their Barriers to Higher Education

Understanding the New College Majority: The Demographic and Financial Characteristics of Independent Students and their Postsecondary OutcomesInstitute for Women's Policy Research, February 2018

The Adult Student: The Population Colleges – and the Nation – Can’t Afford to IgnoreThe Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2018

These factors keep millions of women from obtaining a bachelor's degreeMetro, December 16, 2017

More college students are not getting enough to eatPRI, December 12, 2017

How Women Leaving Prison Are Finding Purpose In Their LivesForbes, December 11, 2017

Retail's struggles are falling entirely on womenInternational Womens Policy & Research, December 2017

The Push for Education Programs That Pay People As They LearnThe Atlantic, November 21, 2017

Student Poverty Isn't an Excuse, It's a BarrierEducation Week, May 11, 2016

Could automation make life worse for women? Changing Women's WorkThe Guardian

What College is Like as a Single MotherThe Atlantic

Undocumented high schoolers work long hours, putting college further out of reachHechinger Report

California Should Do More for Non-Traditional Low-Income StudentsCollege Campaign

Moving People from Welfare to WorkMDRC

# of Single Mothers in College Doubled Over a Decade

Single Moms and Welfare Woes: A Higher-Education DilemmaThe Atlantic, August 1, 2015

EdX Quietly Developing ‘MicroBachelors’ Program by Jeffrey Young in EdSurge explains how EdX, the nonprofit online-education group founded by MIT and Harvard, is developing a “MicroBachelors” degree that is designed to break the undergraduate credential into “Lego” components by offering stackable credentials and a low-cost, low-risk way for students to start an undergraduate education even if they can’t get to a campus.

Investing in a Skilled and Educated Workforce: Win-win Solutions for America's Talent Crisis is a report that explores current trends in business policies and practices that can facilitate employees’ attainment of postsecondary credentials and degrees, with the aim of preparing workers to succeed in today’s global economy. Among its key findings: “Employees are not taking full advantage of current tuition assistance programs. Specific barriers to participation include insufficient money to pay upfront costs for school; fear of returning to school; lack of awareness regarding the need for degrees and certifications; Not understanding a link between education, their career goals and promotional opportunities; lack of managerial support and competing life demands (e.g., children, parents, household, illnesses).”

Degrees of Hope: Redefining Access for 21st Century Students is a film by the Institute for Higher Education Policy that “depicts the lives of five college students - a first-generation student, a community college transfer student, a veteran, an online learner, and an adult learner - and the barriers they faced accessing higher education.”

Access to Attainment: An Access Agenda for 21st-Century College Students by the Institute for Higher Education Policy asserts that barriers facing 21st century students are not necessarily different than those of previous generations. But, the experience of those obstacles has certainly grown in intensity, and the consequences of not overcoming them have grown, too.

Nontraditional No More: Policy Solutions for Adult Learners by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) studies individuals who have earned a substantial number of college credits but have yet to return to college and analyzes how to remove the barriers that have kept them from completing their degrees.

College Access for the Working Poor: Overcoming Burdens to Succeed in Higher Education by the Institute for Higher Education Policy looks specifically at the working poor in the context of higher education affordability and access.

Discovering Hidden Barriers to Community College Enrollment and Success in Higher Education Today chronicles Nashua Community College’s discovery of hidden barriers to success and efforts taken to overcome them.

Research Supporting Online Education for Adult Learners

Brown's online college idea opens doors for workers. Don't let lobbyists strangle itSacramento Bee, February 16, 2018

Creating a Clear Path to Better Jobs for Low-Skilled Workers Stuck in Front-line PositionsEd.Gov, January 27, 2015

Subprime Students: How For-Profit Universities Make a Killing By Exploiting College Dreams

Plagued by scandal, for-profit colleges target single mothers

Supporting Post-Traditional Students Drives Broad and Significant Benefits

Career stuck? Additional education might be the answer

The Post-Traditional Learners Manifesto Revisited: Aligning Postsecondary Education with Real Life for Adult Student Success

Portable, Stackable Credentials: A New Education Model for Industry-specific Career PathwaysJobs for the Future, November 1, 2012

Lyft Partners with Guild Education and Becomes First Gig-Economy Company to Provide Access To Education Services to ContractorsBusiness Insider

As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated "Microlearning", Higher Ed Must Adapt

Online education is increasing opportunities for disadvantaged students

Students want outside classroom learning, marketable and flexible workforce skills, survey shows - Education Dive, December 10, 2017

Stackable, flexible and connected options for college students - University Business

How flexible is flexible learning? Who is to decide and what are its implications?   Distance Education Journal

From our digital learning coverage: New US data show continued growth in college students studying online. Who were the big gainers and losers?Inside Higher Ed, January 5, 2018

Expand Your CTE Program with Online and Blended LearningEducation Dive

'MicroMasters' Surge As MOOCs Go From Education To QualificationForbes, February 2018

Arizona State University Online Performance Gap Analysis, Action Lab California Community College Study – Working Paper

Gainfully Employed? Assessing the Employment and Earnings of For-Profit College Students Using Administrative Data - Brookings Summary of forthcoming paper from The Journal of Human Resources

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) commissioned the Research and Planning Group (RP Group) to conduct research, in collaboration with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the Moran Technology Group (Moran), on the factors that foster and interfere with implementing prior-learning assessment and competency-based education programs, including local, state, and federal policies and regulations; formal and informal structures and cultural norms. This report brings together key findings, implications and recommendations resulting from this collaborative research effort.  – Prior Learning Assessment and Competency-Based Education: An Overview Of Programs, Policies And Practices

“Given their diversity, adult learners require a menu of flexible options for: when, where, and how courses and programs are offered; how long it takes to complete a class or a program; how easily students can move into and out of classes and programs as their schedules change; and how they can shorten the time it takes to learn sufficient basic skills to succeed in occupational or academic programs.” – Adult Learners in Higher Education: Barriers to Success and Strategies to Improve Results

“An on-line program might make it possible for a working adult to participate in higher education at night, on weekends, or from varied locations. The Center for Academic Transformation has shown that the redesign of college courses using instructional technology can also improve quality, reduce cost, and result in higher completion and persistence rates.” – Adult Learners in Higher Education: Barriers to Success and Strategies to Improve Results

“Flexible learning is a state of being in which learning and teaching is increasingly freed from the limitations of the time, place and pace of study. But this kind of flexibility does not end there. For learners, flexibility in learning may include choices in relation to entry and exit points, selection of learning activities, assessment tasks and educational resources in return for different kinds of credit and costs. And for the teachers it can involve choices in relation to the allocation of their time and the mode and methods of communication with learners as well as the educational institution. As such flexible learning, in itself, is not a mode of study. It is a value principle, like diversity or equality are in education and society more broadly. Flexibility in learning and teaching is relevant in any mode of study including campus-based face-to-face education.” – How flexible is flexible learning, who is to decide and what are its implications?

“Flexible learning opportunities such as online courses, night and weekend courses, and accelerated or modular course formats where students can enroll, stop and re-enroll can help adults overcome the challenges of balancing college with work and other responsibilities.” – Adult Completion in the 21st Century: What We Know and What We Don’t Know

“A powerful shift in postsecondary credentialing has taken place over the last few decades, with an explosion in the number of pathways to an education beyond high school…The myriad options [of postsecondary education delivery] –and the subsequent push to better connect them–are unleashing the power of technology to fundamentally reshape the higher education landscape. A future system is shaping up in which students are situated at the center and are able to navigate their postsecondary options, from traditional institutions of higher education to a whole host of other learning providers: employers, unions, online programs, and even libraries and museums.” – Credentials Reform: How Technology and the changing Needs of the Workforce Will Create the Higher Education System of the Future

“Returning adult students, like nontraditional students more generally, need a higher education system that is more affordable, flexible, and customer-service oriented than it has been in the past. To serve these students, higher education must promote innovative ways to deliver course content and assess student outcomes, develop more effective student support systems, and forge closer connections to workforce and industry (Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance 2012; InsideTrack 2012b).” – Adult Completion in the 21st Century: What We Know and What We Don’t Know

“Public and private institutions that target adult learners seeking postsecondary credentials emphasize alternatives to the inflexibilities built into traditional higher education institutions. Postsecondary institutions are increasingly offering more flexible schedules, such as weekend-only classes, accelerated vacation programs, on-line instruction, and critical support services during non-traditional hours. Some institutions offer multiple entry, exit, and reentry points, including more frequent start times throughout the year.” – Adult Learners in Higher Education: Barriers to Success and Strategies to Improve Results

“Problem: Low-income students are more likely to delay entry into college (40 percent) and to stop out of college (41 percent), decreasing the likelihood that they will actually finish. Solution: Create alternate pathways to college: Provide customized options – such as prior learning assessment, competency-based learning, and flexible scheduling – for adults and other 21st century students.” – Access to Attainment: An Access Agenda for 21st-Century College Students

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