Higher Education Certificate Programs
This study examined the effectiveness of postsecondary certificate programs in meeting workforce demands offered in four settings: 1) community-technical colleges; 2) Connecticut State University System; 3) Charter Oak State College; and 4) private occupational schools. Various certificate programs and alignment of relevant supply (i.e., certificate holders) and demand (job openings requiring the certificate) were analyzed. The study compared Connecticut’s certificate completion rate to that of other states and examined reasons for any differences.
The PRI committee approved the study topic on April 17, 2014, and the study scope on May 15, 2014. On October 1, 2014, committee staff presented an interim update to PRI, which was followed by an informational public hearing.
On Friday, December 19, 2014, PRI staff presented final study findings and proposed recommendations to the committee for its discussion and action. The committee approved the report and recommendations unanimously. The committee report is below.