The Role of Policy

State, system, and institutional policy play a critical role in supporting the attainment of credentials and degrees for adult basic education students. States can create policy conditions that encourage the identification, dissemination, and implementation of strategies that improve credential attainment and jobs for our nation’s most underprepared adult learners. A strong understanding of the policy environment that exists within your state and at the institutional level, and your state’s capacity for policy change, are critical pre-conditions for identifying and developing effective, high-leverage impact strategies. 

This section of the Field Guide focuses on both the development and implementation of high-impact state policies. It emphasizes the translation and implementation of state or system policy at the college level, as well as college-to-system feedback loops to ensure that policy change efforts are reactive and real-time. A comprehensive view of policy is critical to ensuring successful implementation and scale of integrated pathways. 
Policy is embedded in and supportive of other key strategies described throughout the Field Guide, including those focused on scale and sustainability, professional development, 
and funding and finance. Policy is the connective tissue that pulls these efforts together.