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Creating Effective Enrollment Mechanisms: Student participation should not feel like chance.

Question: How should enrollment into programs be conducted (based on 47 survey responses)?

Response On a first-come, first serve basis On a random basis (by lottery) Be managed to ensure that the right Students get to the right programs and all available seats in the City are filled

Percentage of Respondents

    • 19.1


    • 4.3


    • 76.6


How? Quotes lifted from survey responses:

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    Do good (comprehensive, relevant) assessment to determine learner's interests, needs, availability; -- Have collaborative relationships among providers, in which they make it clear what they can best provide so that learners can be properly matched to them. -- Have a centralized referral system; -- Provide adequate, well-trained and well-equipped staff to manage the above process of assessment and referral/placement.

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      It is incremental and begins with: 1) borough-wide networks of providers who understand which program offers what; 2) a hotline and database system with adequate funding to maintain an updated list of programs (no small feat); 3) examination of data to determine where there are empty seats; 4) PD for programs to improve retention strategies.

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    Programs need to have much more explicit organizational missions and they should use this mission to recruit motivated students and staff. Student participation should not feel like chance. This can be accomplished by urging programs that want to focus on job training to specialize and then recruit students who are interested in re-entry or upward mobility in the job market.

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      Management system should not be burdensome and bureaucratic. And shouldn't deplete resources needed to support programs. It is essential to have basic info on who is providing what services where and when, and where are open seats available.

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    I’d like to use DOE’s multiple pathways program as an example. The multiple pathways program

selects students that are the most likely to succeed in their program.

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    Given that there are limited resources and space available for adult ed programs, enrollment can be based on predictors of likelihood of success.

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      Programs could manage individual waiting lists and report any vacancies to a central organization. In turn, this organization could regularly post these openings for literacy programs and/or students themselves.

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    Central clearinghouse and/or automated system that matches clients with slots.

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