Once you’ve defined the problem and assessed where you are now, you can start to develop a plan to address the gaps you’ve identified. A solid strategy will include the following:
Engaging in major ABE redesign is an intensive process, given that the new model will include:
- Changes in the way classes are taught at Adult Basic Education programs, career-technical programs, and community colleges.
- Intensive curriculum revisions to integrate ABE and occupational/technical training
- Revamped and augmented support services
College leadership and faculty must be involved in the redesign process, as they are the ones who will be charged with implementing the new model. Include college administrative personnel including the registrar and director of financial aid—their work will be impacted by the changes you are making.
Additionally, states and community colleges/ABE programs will need professional development and technical assistance so they can be ready to launch new courses and enroll students.
Extensive planning at the state and local levels for how and when the redesign process occurs is critical. Ensure faculty and administration have a deep understanding of the principles of the integrated model before they begin to develop pathways. Use the tools provided in this Field Guide to ensure the development of robust, comprehensive pathways. → Start Developing a Pathway Model
Policy is critical for implementing, scaling, and sustaining your redesigned model. In the design phase, you’ll want to:
- Analyze the current policy landscape, including state and institutional policy barriers.
- Look for opportunities for financing, administrative, regulatory, and legislative policy change and development.
- Identify policies that would better align ABE and postsecondary education and promote credential attainment.
The Policy section of the Field Guide provides valuable tools for assessing poiicy barriers and developing policy goals. → Learn More about Policy
Finance is a critical piece of any initiative—stakeholders need to know that there are sufficient funds to support implementation.
Developing a financial plan starts with surveying the state and local financing environment, especially opportunities for streamlined and braided funding (including incentive funding tied to innovation and results). Braided funding refers to tapping into existing federal, state and/or private funds, and “braiding” or leveraging the funding streams to better serve the diverse pool of candidates that qualify for and benefit from the services.
To begin the process of putting together a braided funding model, the state higher education agency overseeing adult education should engage in discussions with other state agencies (such as the department of labor, the department of health and human services, the department of agriculture, etc.) that can support integrated career pathways. → Learn More about Financing Strategies
A work plan will help guide you through the complex process of designing and implementing program redesign. The work plan template provided here uses the Strategies for Systems Change to organize activities and milestones.