”“We’re going to ask people to build their own evaluations—how they would evaluate themselves—into these grants. And we hope that is game-changing on campuses. We’re going to ask people to build their own evaluations—how they would evaluate themselves—into these grants. And we hope that is game- changing on campuses. For those cam- puses that have been making decisions under fire at the eleventh hour, we’d like them to sit back, catch their breath, and really describe to us how data-based decisionmaking played into their
proposal. We want the evidence base
on why they chose a particular project.
And we want the evidence base on why
they are pursuing the pedagogical reasons for doing something differently.
JOURNAL: Aside from putting people
back to work, might this program also
help the administration better understand how to serve a changing U.S.
workforce? What does your department hope to learn?
OATES: Certainly, we will share all
the curricula developed and all the
lessons learned from the individual
grants. But we also think that recom-
mendations will emerge for the federal
government. There might be recom-
mendations around how we count
students, for instance. There might be
recommendations about changes to the
federal financial aid program. We might
have real policy recommendations for
state governments. Because a number
of states don’t give their colleges any
money for noncredit students—yet, in
many places, the noncredit side of the
house is growing at twice the speed of
the credit side.
JOURNAL: What about community
colleges? What can they hope to glean?
OATES: The real mind shift for community colleges is to remember that
this is not about direct services. This
is not about providing counseling or
transportation. It’s not about providing
tuition or childcare. What it’s about is
rethinking the way your college goes
about doing all these things—all of
those things that we know people need,
this is a real opportunity to structurally
rethink how it’s done on your campus.
And this money could pay for any of
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