Programs of Study as a State Policy Mandate: A Longitudinal Study of the South Carolina Personal Pathways to Success Initiative

A new report from National Dropout Prevention Center researchers at Clemson University has been published in collaboration with, and through funding from, the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education at the University of Louisville. The report summarizes five years of data collection and analyses on the effects of South Carolina’s statewide career-focused Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) on students and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at eight high schools in South Carolina. Several thousand students were surveyed and interviewed along with administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, career specialists, and others. Among other things, researchers found that the percentages of students exposed to the policy who found a guidance counselor to be the most helpful person in career planning were significantly higher than those of students not exposed to the policy. This finding was true for both CTE and non-CTE students. Having “no one” who was helpful with career plans was almost nonexistent as a response from students exposed to EEDA, whereas that response was chosen more often by those not exposed to the policy. Twelve major themes emerged from study data. Read the project overview, the NRCCTE’s CenterPoint announcement, the executive summary (abridged and unabridged), and the final report (abridged and unabridged)


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Suggested citation: Hammond, C., Withington, C., Sharp, J., Mobley, C., Drew, S. F., Stringfield, N. S., … Griffith, C. (2014). Programs of study as a state policy mandate: A longitudinal study of the South Carolina Personal Pathways to Success Initiative (Unabridged Final Technical Report Years 1-5, Executive Summary and Implications of Findings).

 

 

 

 


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Suggested citation: Hammond, C., Withington, C., Sharp, J., Mobley, C., Drew, S. F., Stringfield, N. S., … Griffith, C. (2014). Programs of study as a state policy mandate: A longitudinal study of the South Carolina Personal Pathways to Success Initiative (Unabridged Final Technical Report Years 1-5).