Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2009-2014

Required Goals

  • Goal 01: Increase the number of secondary Tech Prep graduates enrolled in postsecondary institutions.
  • Goal 02: Increase the number of secondary Tech Prep graduates enrolled in the same field or major at postsecondary institutions.
  • Goal 03: Increase the number of secondary Tech Prep graduates that complete a State or industry-recognized certification or licensure.
  • Goal 04: Increase the number of secondary Tech Prep graduates with postsecondary credits.
  • Goal 05: Reduce the number of secondary Tech Prep graduates enrolled in remedial mathematics, writing, or reading courses upon entering postsecondary education.
  • Goal 06: Increase the number of postsecondary Tech Prep graduates placed in a related field of employment.
  • Goal 07: Increase the number of postsecondary Tech Prep students that complete a State or industry-recognized certification or licensure.
  • Goal 08: Increase the number of postsecondary Tech Prep students that complete a 2-year degree or certificate program.
  • Goal 09: Increase the number of postsecondary Tech Prep students that complete a baccalaureate degree program.

Admissions, employment, and program policies of the Capital Area Tech Prep Consortium and Austin Community College are nondiscriminatory in regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Objective and activity listed under Evaluation section in the Grant document. = Objective and activity listed under Evaluation section in the Grant document.

Goal 01: Increase the number of secondary Tech Prep graduates enrolled in postsecondary institutions.
Measure: Perkins IV Tech Prep Indicator 1STP1: The number and percent of secondary education Tech Prep students enrolled in the Tech Prep program who enroll in postsecondary education.

Numerator: Number of secondary Tech Prep students who graduated last year and are enrolled in postsecondary during the current year.

Denominator: Number of secondary Tech Prep students who graduated last year.

Data: Source: Tech Prep Consortia Statewide Data
CACTPC Measure: Based on data reported on the Tech Prep Texas website for the 2006 graduates, 62.31% of the Capital Area Tech Prep graduates enrolled in postsecondary institutions. Due to the efforts of numerous regional entities working on the Closing the Gaps initiative, an increase of 2% is anticipated.
Objectives Activities/Strategies Timeline Planned
1.1 Maintain the number of schools involved in articulation agreements. 1.1.1 Every school district within the college service area has signed at least one articulation agreement. Those districts in the Consortium region that do not have agreements are in another college’s service area. 9/1/2009 – 12/31/2009
1.2 Offer an annual PEIMS Coding Workshop for school districts, as needed. 1.2.1 Schedule the PEIMS coding workshop in the fall prior to submission deadlines. 9/1/2009 – 10/31/2009
Objective and activity listed under Evaluation section in the Grant document. 1.3 Offer reports from CATEMA to the school districts to assist in coding Tech Prep students. 1.3.1 Pull data from CATEMA of all students who have completed an articulated course to assist districts in determining students who should be coded a PEIMS Code 3. 9/1/2009 – 10/31/2009
1.4 Enhance communication between secondary and postsecondary counselors, administrators, and faculty 1.4.1 Schedule meetings and presentations applicable to secondary and postsecondary counselors, administrators, and faculty. 9/1/2009 – 4/30/2010
1.5 Participate in ACC College Connection activities with schools and have CATEMA enrollment deadlines as part of the activities to be completed. 1.5.1 Coordinate efforts with College Connection on activities. 9/1/2009 – 5/31/2010
1.6 Sustain a system for students to easily transition to postsecondary education including program information, counseling, and college credit (as applicable) with minimum difficulty 1.6.1 Austin Community College implemented the College Connection Program with all service area school districts. This program assists every senior student in completing all the steps to enroll in the college. All high schools with articulation agreements enroll their students in the CATEMA system for each articulated course completed.

1.6.2 As the high school students complete one college credit course, the information from CATEMA is uploaded into the college student information management system during the spring of the senior year so that credit is awarded on the college transcript.

9/1/2009 – 8/31/2010
Objective and activity listed under Evaluation section in the Grant document. 1.7 Expand feedback from the college to schools stating how many students received articulated credit. 1.7.1 After each semester and as part of the published Consortium Annual Report, provide the number of students from each school district who were awarded articulated credit in the previous academic year aggregated by college program area. 9/1/2009 – 8/31/2010

Goal 02: Increase the number of secondary Tech Prep graduates enrolled in the same field or major at postsecondary institutions.
Measure: Perkins IV Tech Prep Indicator 1STP2: The number and percent of secondary education Tech Prep students enrolled in the Tech Prep program who enroll in postsecondary education in the same field or major as the secondary education tech prep students were enrolled at the secondary level.

Numerator: Number of secondary Tech Prep students who graduated last year and are enrolled in postsecondary during the current year in the same major or cluster/pathway as they were in high school.

Denominator: Number of secondary Tech Prep students who graduated last year.

Data: Source: Tech Prep Consortia Statewide Data
CACTPC Measure: Based on data reported on the Tech Prep Texas website for the 2006 graduates, 7.02% of the Capital Area Tech Prep graduates enrolled in postsecondary education in the same field or major as in secondary education. Due to career development efforts at both the high schools and at ACC, an increase of 1% is anticipated.
Objectives Activities/Strategies Timeline Planned
2.1 Collaborate with member districts in the development and implementation of Career Pathway models to support Achieve Texas goals. 2.1.1 Work with member districts in the development and implementation of Career Pathway models to support Achieve Texas goals as part of the six-year plan development through meetings, forums, etc. 9/1/2009 – 12/31/2009
2.2 Provide information to secondary and postsecondary counselors on the benefits of Tech Prep, postsecondary programs offered, career guidance, workforce/career opportunities, and the process required to receive articulated credit. 2.2.1 The director offers workshops and attends staff meetings to provide information as requested.

2.2.2 Partner with college connection activities to include information to everyone in attendance.

2.2.3 Partner with ESC specialists to deliver information in their trainings/meetings with campus counselors and advisors.

9/1/2009 – 3/31/2010
2.3 Provide labor market and career information resources 2.3.1 Collaborate with the Workforce Solutions organizations to develop and/or replicate materials and resources for labor market and career information.

2.3.2 During articulation workshops and counselor presentations, provide college catalogs, department brochures, degree/major information and labor market information to teachers and counselors.

2.3.3 Link to College Department websites from Capital Area College Tech Prep Consortium website to deliver departmental information electronically. (Already linked through Articulation pages)

9/1/2009 – 12/31/2009
Objective and activity listed under Evaluation section in the Grant document. 2.4 Provide aggregate follow-up information to college department chairs on students collecting articulated credit in each program area 2.4.1 After the upload from the CATEMA system to Datatel is complete, provide a report to each college department chair detailing the names of students who enrolled in the college and collected articulated credit in their program area.

2.4.2Disaggregate the list by those declaring majors in the program area and those declaring undeclared and general studies majors.

2.4.3Assist the departments with follow-up on those students as requested.

9/1/2009 – 8/31/2010

Goal 03: Increase the number of secondary Tech Prep graduates that complete a State or industry-recognized certification or licensure.
Measure: Perkins IV Tech Prep Indicator 1STP3: The number and percent of secondary education Tech Prep students enrolled in the Tech Prep program who complete a State or industry-recognized certification or licensure.

Numerator: Number of secondary Tech Prep students who graduated last year with a State or industry recognized certification, or licensure.

Denominator: Number of secondary Tech Prep students who graduated last year.

Data: Source: Tech Prep Consortia Statewide Data
CACTPC Measure: There is currently no baseline data available for the measure of how many secondary Tech Prep graduates are completing a State or Industry-recognized certification or licensure. This data is reported by school districts to TEA in aggregate form and is not broken out by individual student PEIMS number or coding. Consortium efforts will include increasing the number of teachers with certifications initially with the goal of assisting them with the knowledge and logistics of assisting students with certifications.
Objectives Activities/Strategies Timeline Planned
Objective and activity listed under Evaluation section in the Grant document. 3.1 Create a list of certifications that meet Perkins criteria and align those certifications to the college program areas. 3.1.1 Provide the list of possible certifications with their criteria, resources and websites to high school teachers and counselors. 9/1/2009 – 11/30/2009
3.2. Encourage teachers to obtain certifications in the areas that they teach. 3.2.1 Provide professional development workshops for high school teachers to prepare for certification exams.

3.2.2 Where possible, facilitate certification exam dates and sites through the college assessment center.

1/1/2010 – 7/31/2010
3.3 Ensure that students know types of certifications that are available 3.3.1 Provide certification information to teachers and counselors for use with students.

3.3.2 Post information or links to information on website, including links to the ACC Testing Center website.

1/1/2010 – 5/31/2010

Goal 04: Increase the number of secondary Tech Prep graduates with postsecondary credits.
Measure: Perkins IV Tech Prep Indicator 1STP4: The number and percent of secondary education Tech Prep students enrolled in the Tech Prep program who successfully complete, as a secondary school student, courses that award postsecondary credit at the secondary level.

Numerator: Number of secondary Tech Prep students who graduated last year with postsecondary credits.

Denominator: Number of secondary Tech Prep students who graduated last year.

Data: Source: Tech Prep Consortia Statewide Data
CACTPC Measure: Based on data reported on the Tech Prep Texas website for the 2006 graduates, 23.33% of the Capital Area Tech Prep graduates successfully complete, as a secondary student, courses that award postsecondary credit at the secondary level. Due to area high schools offering more dual and articulated courses an increase of 2% is anticipated.
Objectives Activities/Strategies Timeline Planned
4.1 Provide additional participation opportunities such as subgrants to schools for specific projects. Document the award process. 4.1.1 School districts must have at least one articulation agreement, report PEIMS Code 3 students, and participate in the CATEMA web system in order to qualify for a subgrant.

4.1.2 The application is submitted to the Consortium using the previous year’s PEIMS reports. The subgrant application consists of a contact page and copies of specific PEIMS code reports which indicate the number of CTE students and Tech Prep students reported by the district. Subgrants are formula funded based on the total number of high school students in the district and the number of PEIMS Code 3 students reported.

4.1.3 The RFA’s are released in September and returned in October.

4.1.4 The Governing Council meets in September to vote on the funding formula. NOA’s are emailed to grant applicants in November with the expectation that all funds will be expended and reports submitted by June 30.

10/1/2009 – 6/30/2010
4.2 Host annual meetings for the joint review and development by secondary and postsecondary faculty of Tech Prep program course sequences, curricula and roles and responsibilities of partners. 4.2.1 Annual articulation meetings are scheduled by program area.

4.2.2 College faculty are paid from the Tech Prep grant to prepare and present these workshops as these workshops are not part of their regular contract duties.

9/1/2009 – 12/15/2010
4.3 Post curriculum, professional development modules and if possible secure assessment tools on the website. 4.3.1 Purchase and use Adobe Connect licenses to offer online meeting and workshop opportunities.

4.3.2 Provide additional resources and supplemental resources that are consistent to assist teachers and students

9/1/2009 – 1/31/2010
4.4 Maintain CATEMA as the student online Tech Prep registration system that helps identify Tech Prep students at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. 4.4.1 As teachers participate in fall articulation update workshops, they are given training on using the CATEMA system and an opportunity to set up a CATEMA account and/or load the current year classes into an existing account.

4.4.2 Develop online modules for CATEMA professional development and assistance.

9/1/2009 – 12/15/2010
4.5 Maintain a calendar of professional development sessions on the Consortium website. 4.5.1 Update website with professional development offerings. 1/1/2010 – 8/15/2010
4.6 Remind senior students of available course credit by providing a certificate for seniors as requested by the schools. 4.6.1 Send Tech Prep reminder postcards to all identifiable seniors including course status information

4.6.2 Print and send senior certificates as requested to the schools for distribution.

4/1/2010 – 5/31/2010
4.7 Collaborate with Tech Prep, Early College Start (dual credit), and College Connection staff to maximize opportunities and awareness of potential credit for students. 4.7.1 ACC staff involved with Tech Prep, Early College Start, and College Connection programs meet regularly to plan collaborative activities.

4.7.2 ACC staff plan joint meetings with ISD staff to educate personnel and jointly plan activities with the ISD for all three ACC programs.

9/1/2009 – 8/31/2010

Goal 05: (required goal) Reduce the number of secondary Tech Prep graduates enrolled in remedial mathematics, writing, or reading courses upon entering postsecondary education.
Measure: Perkins IV Tech Prep Indicator 1STP5: The number and percent of secondary education Tech Prep students enrolled in the Tech Prep program who enroll in remedial mathematics, writing, or reading courses upon entering postsecondary education.

Numerator: Number of secondary Tech Prep students who graduated last year who enrolled in remedial mathematics, writing, or reading courses upon entering postsecondary education.

Denominator: Number of secondary Tech Prep students who graduated last year and enrolled in postsecondary education.

Data: Source: Tech Prep Consortia Statewide Data
CACTPC Measure: Based on data reported on the Tech Prep Texas website for the 2006 graduates, 29.41% of the Capital Area Tech Prep graduates enrolled in remedial courses upon entering postsecondary. Due to efforts at both the high schools and at ACC to address College Readiness standards, the Summer Bridge program and efforts in curriculum integration with RESC XIII, a decrease of 2% is anticipated.
Objectives Activities/Strategies Timeline Planned
Objective and activity listed under Evaluation section in the Grant document. 5.1 In collaboration with the college and RESC XIII host workshops for secondary teachers that provide professional development opportunities and materials to member schools emphasizing the importance of curriculum integration, contextual teaching strategies, aligned instruction, authentic assessment techniques, and all aspects of the industry. 5.1.1 The college departments submit subgrant proposals for the number, type, and length of workshops they propose to offer and for the materials needed.

5.1.2 Collaborate with RESC XIII to provide workshops on integrating core subject area content into articulated courses.

10/1/2009 – 7/31/2010
5.2 Collaborate with the college P-16 department to assist with dissemination of information on College Readiness Standards. 5.2.2 Provide information on College Readiness to teachers and counselors during Tech Prep information meetings 9/1/2009 – 8/31/2010
5.3 Collaborate with the College Connection staff to disseminate information to ISD personnel on the college readiness scores of their students. 5.3.1 Provide information to school district personnel

5.3.2 Provide information on available summer programs offered by the college. Ex: Bridge Program, etc.

9/1/2009 – 5/31/2010

Goal 06: Increase the number of postsecondary Tech Prep graduates placed in a related field of employment.
Measure: Perkins IV Tech Prep Indicator 1PTP1: The number and percent of postsecondary education Tech Prep students who are placed in a related field of employment not later than 12 months after graduation from the tech prep program.

Numerator: Number of postsecondary Tech Prep students placed in a related field no later than 12 months after graduation.

Denominator: Number of postsecondary Tech Prep students who graduated last year.

Data: Source: Tech Prep Consortia Statewide Data
CACTPC Measure: Based on data reported on the Tech Prep Texas website for the 2006-07 academic year, 82.39% of the Capital Area Tech Prep postsecondary students were placed in a related field of employment. Due to career placement efforts at ACC , an increase of 1% is anticipated.
Objectives Activities/Strategies Timeline Planned
Objective and activity listed under Evaluation section in the Grant document. 6.1 Collaborate with the College Career Development Services for ways to jointly connect career development and placement services 6.1.1 Add links to website

6.1.2 Explore collaborative avenues to increase information awareness and accessibility for students.

6.1.3 Determine ways Tech Prep can support and enhance career placement services available through the college.

9/1/2009 – 1/31/2010
6.2 Collaborate with Workforce Solutions staffs to disseminate labor market and job information. 6.2.1 Link information from Workforce Solutions to Tech Prep 9/1/2009 – 1/31/2010

Goal 07: Increase the number of postsecondary Tech Prep students that complete a State or industry-recognized certification or licensure.
Measure: Perkins IV Tech Prep Indicator 1PTP2: The number and percent of postsecondary education Tech Prep students who complete a State or industry-recognized certification or licensure.

Numerator: Number of postsecondary Tech Prep students who leave postsecondary education this year with a State, industry recognized certification, or licensure.

Denominator: Number of postsecondary Tech Prep students who left postsecondary education this year.

Data: Source: Tech Prep Consortia Statewide Data
CACTPC Measure: Based on data reported on the Tech Prep Texas website for the 2006-07 academic year, 64.62% of the Capital Area Tech Prep postsecondary students completed a State or industry-recognized certification or licensure. Due to career placement efforts at ACC, but also taking into account the downturn in the economy, an increase of 1% is anticipated.
Objectives Activities/Strategies Timeline Planned
Objective and activity listed under Evaluation section in the Grant document. 7.1 Create a list of certifications that meet Perkins criteria and align those certifications to the college program areas. 7.1.1 Provide the list of possible certifications with their criteria, resources and websites to college faculty and counselors. 9/1/2009 – 11/30/2009
7.2 Identify which of these are currently recognized and sought after by business and industry in the service area. 7.2.1 Request information from WorkSource 9/1/2009 – 11/30/2009
7.3 Encourage faculty to obtain certifications in the areas that they teach. 7.3.1 Provide professional development workshops for college faculty to prepare for certification exams.

7.3.2 Where possible, facilitate certification exam dates and sites through the college assessment center.

1/1/2010 – 7/31/2010
7.4 Ensure that students know types of certifications that are available 7.3.1 Provide certification information to faculty and counselors for use with students. 1/1/2010 – 5/31/2010

Goal 08: Increase the number of postsecondary Tech Prep students that complete a 2-year degree or certificate program.
Measure: Perkins IV Tech Prep Indicator 1PTP3: The number and percent of postsecondary education Tech Prep students who complete a 2-year degree or certificate program within the normal time for completion of such program.

Numerator: Number of postsecondary Tech Prep students who entered postsecondary education 3 years ago and who left postsecondary education this year with a 2 year degree or certificate.

Denominator: Number of postsecondary Tech Prep students who entered postsecondary education 3 years ago.

Data: Source: Tech Prep Consortia Statewide Data
CACTPC Measure: Based on data reported on the Tech Prep Texas website for the 2006-07 academic year, 5.59% of the Capital Area Tech Prep postsecondary students completed a 2-year degree or Certificate Program. Due to efforts at ACC to increase the number of students declaring majors and completing programs, an increase of 1% is anticipated.
Objectives Activities/Strategies Timeline Planned
Objective and activity listed under Evaluation section in the Grant document. 8.1 Provide follow-up information to college department chairs on students collecting articulated credit in their program area after the upload performed each semester. 8.1.1 After the upload from the CATEMA system to Datatel is complete, provide a report to each college department chair detailing the names of students who enrolled in the college and collected articulated credit in their program area.

8.1.2 Disaggregate the list by those declaring majors in the program area and those declaring undeclared and general studies majors.

8.1.3 Assist the departments with follow-up on those students as requested.

9/1/2009 – 8/31/2010
8.2 Analyze best practices in recruiting and retention in career and technical education. 8.2.1 Prepare report of best practices in recruiting and retention for career and technical education

8.2.2 Share information with Governing Council.

8.2.3 Select best practices to incorporate into strategic plan.

12/1/2009 – 3/31/2010

Goal 09: Increase the number of postsecondary Tech Prep students that complete a baccalaureate degree program.
Measure: Perkins IV Tech Prep Indicator 1PTP4: The number and percent of postsecondary education Tech Prep students who complete a baccalaureate degree program within the normal time for completion of such program.

Numerator: Number of postsecondary Tech Prep students who entered the postsecondary Tech-Prep program 6 years ago and have left postsecondary education and completed a baccalaureate degree program.

Denominator: Number of postsecondary Tech Prep students who entered postsecondary education 6 years ago.

Data: Source: Tech Prep Consortia Statewide Data
CACTPC Measure: Based on data reported on the Tech Prep Texas website for the 2006-07 academic year, 6.64% of the Capital Area Tech Prep postsecondary students completed a baccalaureate degree program in the normal time. ACC has a very high rate of transfer to UT and other 4-year institutions. With increased emphasis on declaring majors and completing programs, an increase of 1% is anticipated.
Objectives Activities/Strategies Timeline Planned
9.1 Collaborate with the college Articulation Office to explore avenues to connect Tech Prep articulation with school districts to college articulation with universities. 9.1.1 Meet with the articulation officer.

9.1.2 Make connections where possible and feasible.

9/1/2009 – 11/30/2009
Objective and activity listed under Evaluation section in the Grant document. 9.2 Create 8-year plans detailing university articulation possibilities 9.2.1 Disseminate information to faculty, counselors and administrators at both the secondary and postsecondary levels about possibilities for continuing from 2-year to 4-year degrees. 12/1/2009 – 5/31/2010

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