Little statewide research has been published about best practices for facilitating the successful transition of adult basic education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) in Texas. This research project sought to address those gaps. In phase one of the study, researchers conducted a national and state literature review, convened a statewide summit focus group of adult education providers, developed and administered a statewide electronic survey of Texas adult education providers, and conducted site visits to community colleges' ABE programs. The researchers then used that cumulative evidence to draw conclusions and make recommendations to the THECB and Texas ABE practitioners. Phase two of this research project focused on practitioners. The focus of the study in phase two was to develop a deeper understanding of what college readiness entails, and how professional development based on College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) may be used to guide how programs bring students to college readiness and help adult basic education students transition to and succeed in postsecondary education.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Research project on transitioning for students in adult education began in 2009 in response to the need to provide resources for adult education programs to develop transition programs within adult education programs across Texas. The Education Institute (TEI) has been constantly involved in adult education state leadership professional development activities. The project receives funding from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is operated by The Education Institute at Texas State University-San Marcos. The goal of the project is to identify promising practices in adult education programs across Texas that successfully transition students into postsecondary education.