Programs that Work: Quality Assurance for Short-Term Occupational Programs

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Workers with middle-skill credentials are critical to our economy, but there's no consensus on how to ensure that occupational programs are aligned with the needs of industry and of sufficient quality to justify federal and state aid. This report analyzes various quality assurance mechanisms that measure the quality of academic institutions and programs. It also offers state and federal policy recommendations that would direct financial aid to short-term occupational programs that provide training for in-demand jobs or start people on a career pathway to a family-sustaining wage.