Work groups were charged with identifying and acting on a short-term (30 day) agenda and producing a twelve-month agenda in June 2014. Three groups met twice prior to the P-20 Network meeting on September 3, 2014 and reported their progress and made recommendations to the executive meting. Each group will be led by an NIU convener, who will be assisted by a recorder. The first three work groups were selected by a survey of all participants in the June 17 meeting, and the themes emerged in reports from five discussion groups on June 17. Click to read the full memo summarizing these themes and the work groups.
- Articulation: Create seamless transitions across the education continuum from cardles to careers
- Student Support Services: Coordinate student support systems across institutions in the northern Illinois region to ease transitions and increase student success
- Alignment of Standards for Advancing Student Opportunities in Dual Credit, AP, and Developmental Education: 100% of students graduate from high school with 12-15 college credits and/or a professional certificate
One additional work group began meeting in October.
- Adult Learners: Increase higher education enrollment of adult learners, who are essential to meeting the goal of increasing the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and professional credentials to 60% by 2025.
In addition, NIU will establish three teams to support the initial work groups.
- Data: Collect, analyze, synthesize, and use data to understand and address work group issues
- Collect and analyze baseline data showing regional status on the Illinois P-20 Council goal of 60% of residents holding a post-secondary degree or professional certification by 2025.
- Determine whether links exist between college readiness data and employment data; e.g., where do students go with their credentials?
- Organization: Develop a regional organization that may include some or all of the following characteristics
- Shares successful practices and unresolved problems among institutions across the region
- Collaborates on implementation of changing state policies
- Expands to include more school districts, parents, workforce groups, and increased diversity
- Communicates who's doing what in a streamlined fashion
- Sets clear goals and priorities based in data
- Develops a resource toolkit
- Uses IL P-20 Council recommendations as "spaces" for collaboration
- Collaborate with other organizations that have shared interests
- Common Definitions and Messaging: Align goals and messaging about college and career readiness throughout the levels, starting early
- Use a common definition of college and career readiness
- Connect with early childhood and parent organizations
- Involve businesses and community agencies in disseminating consistent messages
- Involve businesses in order to understand workforce expectations
- Incorporate student feedback into improvement processes at every level