The research project began in 2009 with the primary objective of identifying and describing best practices in adult education programs across Texas for facilitating the successful transition of adult basic education (ABE), English as a second language (ESL) and adult secondary education (ASE) students into postsecondary education programs.
The following three questions guided the study during phase one:
- What are adult education providers doing?
- What current services and activities are working?
- What evidence is being collected to evaluate the effectiveness of the service or activity?
Data Collection Methods
A summit of key adult education providers in Texas was held to discuss the access and barriers to assisting Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) students in successfully transitioning to postsecondary education. Adult education programs in Texas were invited to participate in the summit. We had over 52 programs represented. The Summit was held at the Round Rock Higher Education Center in Round Rock, Texas. Focus groups were conducted according to organization: Education Service Centers/Independent School Districts/Community Based Organizations; Community Colleges, and State Leadership projects.
In order to continue identifying current practices in assisting ABE, ESL, and ASE students in making the transition to postsecondary education, an electronic survey was developed and distributed to 65 adult education providers in Texas. The response rate was 37%.
Observation site visits were conducted to three Community Colleges in Texas. The following document provides an observation tool to demonstrate Transition site visits.
The community colleges were selected based on convenience, cooperation and recognized as leaders in providing transition pathways for their students. They included:
1. Midland Community College, Midland, Texas
2. Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas
3. Austin Community College, Austin, TX