Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment

The Perkins V comprehensive local-needs assessment (CLNA) moves beyond checklist types of assessment processes and instead aims to facilitate a data-informed, continuous improvement process for community colleges to biannually assess the extent to which their career and technical education (CTE) programs and programs of study are aligned with local workforce and economic needs. Using an equity lens, the CLNA requires disaggregation of data to highlight, analyze, and work toward closing equity gaps for underserved populations. The CLNA process also crosswalks Perkins V and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements for standards and examination of equity and access for specific student subpopulations (Perkins V). Community colleges are required under Perkins V to engage a diverse body of stakeholders in the CLNA process. The summation of findings from the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment process are to inform school districts’ and community colleges’ development of their Perkins V local application for funding.

Purpose

To achieve equity high schools and community colleges must be reflective, introspective, and willing to acknowledge how institutional norms, structures, and practices may create barriers for historically underrepresented and marginalized student populations. Once problems are identified, high school and community college leaders must take system-oriented action to dismantle these barriers to student access and opportunity while providing varying educational resources and opportunities to rectify any inequities. Thus, the CLNA process offers you and your stakeholders an opportunity to examine the success of your CTE programs through an equity lens.

The equity-centered comprehensive local needs assessment developed by OCCRL consist of the following six sections of guiding questions that require the analysis of data, not just the reporting of data:

  • Progress toward implementing CTE programs of study
  • Student performance data
  • Recruitment, retention, and training of CTE faculty and staff
  • Labor market alignment
  • Size, scope, and quality as defined by the Illinois state plan for Perkins V
  • Progress toward improving access and equity

Resources

Through our experiences providing professional development and coaching for high schools and community colleges engaged in Pathways to Results (PTR), program review, and our other ongoing public engagement activities we at OCCRL have developed a number of open-access tools in the form of research briefs, reports, peer-reviewed research journal articles, blogs, videos, webinars, and podcasts specific to equity and racial equity that would be useful to institutions engaging in the CLNA process. Hence, we developed a comprehensive resource webpage that links both high schools and community colleges to OCCRL and other related equity and racial equity-centered resources that coincide with each required component of the CLNA.

Webinars

Systemic Equity, Racial Equity, and the CLNA

This is the first of two webinars being done on the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment. The session focuses on racial equity and how it applies to CLNA.

 

Using the CLNA Process to Identify Racial, Equity, and Opportunity Gaps

This webinar covers how to use the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment process to identify racial, equity, and opportunity gaps.

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        Using the CLNA Process to Identify Equity, Racial, and Opportunity Gaps

        Systemic equity, racial equity, and the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment webinar

        This webinar is open to all stakeholders in Illinois who are engaging in the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) process. The webinar will help community colleges and their stakeholders understand how to use various forms of data to identify equity gaps, especially racial equity and opportunity gaps, in the CLNA process. By using data to uncover equity gaps, community college stakeholders can determine what institutional structures, policies, norms, and practices may be the root cause of inequities in career and technical education. Additionally, there will be examples of how this process can inform the Perkins V local application for funding.

        Contact: AJ Welton
        ajwelton@illinois.edu

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