Maine College Transitions Initiative. 2006 - 2007 Patrick O’Regan, Project Coordinator Cathy Newell, Executive Director, MAEA July 2006 University of Maine, Orono.
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2006 - 2007
Patrick O’Regan, Project Coordinator
Cathy Newell, Executive Director, MAEA
July 2006 University of Maine, Orono
College Transitions InitiativeGoal 3 of the Maine Compact for Higher Education =Help 7000- 10000 additional Maine adults earn college degrees over the next decadeGrowing from a partnership of the Compact and the State Department of Education with an Access Grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education in 2004
A formalized process and organized activity by the local adult education program and/or college campus to include:
“A continuum of services ranging from remedial courses to learning centers and governed by the principles of adult development and learning.” ( Hunter Boylan, National Center for Developmental Education)
1. Adult education and developmental education should be interchangeable terms as they apply to adult learners at the college readiness level of instruction.
2. Adult education programs and colleges need to specify competencies and level of performance to provide equivalent developmental instruction.
• Maine Adult Education Association
January 2005 - June 2006
Provided forums at MAEA conference and Director’s Academy for the Lumina ProjectSupported and lobbied for LD 1785, enabling legislation for Adult Education Transitions Programs
Maine Adult Education Association
Assisted in preparation and completion of initial survey of developmental services at all seven campuses
Supported and assisted the completion of negotiations for the signing of Memoranda of Understanding at all seven Community College Campuses.
Continued support for seven Nellie Mae funded ABE - to - College programs in Maine
Engaged in discussions and conference meetings to assist joint planning efforts
Awarded grant to College Transitions project for 2006-2007 to support and evaluate seven new Maine pilot sites
Modified “Connecting Aspirations” grant process to accommodate adult education services
Awarded 11 Transition Grants and 6 College Access grants to adult education programs
Developing staff development linkages with state pilot sites and Nellie Mae providers
Awarded $25,000 grant to one of the seven pilot sites to serve rural population (Machias)
Shared results of placement requirements at University of Maine system campuses
Working towards linking entry requirements with high school standards
Negotiated MOU’s with all Community College Campuses to provide placement testing and share counseling services
Continue to provide college preparation and transition activities as part of local responsibility
Supported and testified for passage of LD 1785
Prepared and applied for State Transitions Pilot site grants
Passage of LD 1785 is a major step forward in the institutional change of providing transition services and developmental courses for Maine adult learners.
Signed by Governor Baldacci on June 2.
First year has been funded for $200,000 to provide six pilot sites, with renewal in the next legislature for six - seven sites per year to a total of 30.
Rule making changes will provide subsidy for locally elected Transition Programs in 2008.
Maine College Transitions Pilot sites