Ten Emerging Trends from the 2012 Legislative Session
ECS’ Boosting College Completion project produced an Emerging Trends document, which surfaces ten legislative trends from this year.
While legislatures covered a wide array of issues, most of the trends include a prominent workforce element. Even issues appearing peripheral to workforce development, such as increased scrutiny of for-profit institutions and expanded use of competitive grants, have a substantial workforce basis.
Browsing the document, you will find an explanation of specific trends, the states enacting policies in this space, and a policy example that illuminates the issue.
Year of the…?
The 2011 legislative session was the Year of Performance Funding. With one in four states enacting policies related to performance funding, we wondered if the issue would make an encore in 2012. To our surprise, only one state (i.e., Florida) has considered performance funding in 2012.
While policymakers are concerned about higher education finance and the role of the state in that process, a Boosting College Completion policy scan surfaced ten emerging trends. The four candidates for “Year of…” are:
- Veterans’ Education
- Expanded Use of Competitive Grants & Program Piloting
- Legislative Actions that Promote Workforce Alignment
- Nontraditional Approaches to Common Legislative Actions
We proclaim 2012 the Year of Workforce Alignment because legislatures have invested so much energy in developing strategies that more efficiently and effectively drive students toward high-demand college credentials.
By the Numbers
38: Number of states with a 2012 policy in the database
129: Number of policy records entered into the Boosting College Completion Policy Database, as of June 29, 2012
70%: Percent of the top 10 trends with a substantial workforce element