In an effort to provide information on employment outcomes for students who have participated in career technical education (CTE) programs at California community colleges—including whether students became employed within their field of study, if their community college coursework positively affected their earning potential, and why students dropped out of CTE programs—the RP Group partnered with the Bay Area Community College Consortium and practitioners from around the state to develop a universally available survey methodology. The CTE Employment Outcomes Survey is based on completer and leaver surveys that have been administered at several colleges. It was tested through a pilot study conducted in 2011-12.
After successfully launching the CTE Outcomes Survey and overseeing the project for the first two years, the RP Group shifted ongoing administration to the Office of Institutional Research at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), which had been administering the survey on behalf of the RP Group. Beginning with the 2013-14 survey, SRJC assumed full responsibility for the CTE Outcomes Survey and now leads its statewide administration. The statewide report continues to highlight trends and overall outcomes (without referencing individual college or district results). Colleges conducting the survey on their own are encouraged to share their research results with SRJC so that these data can be included in the statewide analysis.
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The RP Group has shifted ongoing survey administration to the Office of Institutional Research at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). The CTEOS site includes the current survey instrument and information about how to participate in the study and use survey results. Visit "Related Projects" below to learn about our other initiatives in this project's area(s) of impact.