The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and Education Strategy Group (ESG) have partnered to launch the Non-Credit and Credit Alignment Lab (NCAL), a two-year initiative to support 10 community college governance units’ efforts to develop new or improved pathways between non-credit and credit programs. The project is supported by a $1.2 million grant from ECMC Foundation.
Non-credit programming can be a steppingstone to further education and training that leads to higher earnings and greater career sustainability. Unfortunately, our systems are designed to discourage rather than facilitate pathways across non-credit and credit programs, according to ESG research. The result is that many students in non-credit programs are left without pathways to additional learning, and colleges fail to take advantage of a significant population of engaged learners ready to enroll in credit-bearing programs. To achieve greater equity and develop more resilient and responsive systems following a global pandemic, community colleges must bridge the divide between non-credit and credit programs.
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and Education Strategy Group (ESG) are pleased to announce the 14 community colleges selected to participate in the Non-Credit & Credit Alignment Lab (NCAL).
Non-Credit & Credit Alignment Lab Cohort
- CUNY Community Colleges Consortium
- Hudson County Community College
- Jackson College
- Lehigh Carbon Community College
- Louisiana Community and Technical College System
- Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
- North Iowa Area Community College
- North Shore Community College
- NorthWest Arkansas Community College
- Prince George’s Community College
- San Diego Community College District
- San Jacinto College
- University of Hawai’i Community Colleges
- Vance-Granville Community College
The new suite of resources highlight the work of community colleges across the country who are making real progress in building more unified institutions. These six new briefs offer a closer look at how NCAL community colleges are making meaningful progress under each of the key pillars for success in this work, which were first outlined in the framework of ESG's A More Unified Community College.
Framework Spotlight Brief #1 | Treat All Students As Students
Framework Spotlight Brief #2 | Build Pathways Between Non-Credit and Credit
Framework Spotlight Brief #3 | Aligning Non-Credit and Credit Divisions
Framework Spotlight Brief #4 | Make Non-Credit Programs Credit-Worthy and Credit-Based
Framework Spotlight Brief #5 | Remove Barriers for Non-Credit to Credit Transitions
Framework Spotlight Brief #6 | Increasing Data Capacity to Drive Decisions and Advance Alignment