Increase Investment in Services and Capacity

August 16, 2010

Public investment in education and training for low-income and disadvantaged populations has steadily eroded over the last three decades, which means the quantity and quality of services are not able to respond to need.  Current higher education funding focuses mostly on access and does little to incent programs to support students to complete postsecondary credentials.  Adult education and workforce programs are insufficiently funded to help low-skilled people achieve postsecondary and economic success.  Lack of sufficient funding has also constrained investment in researching programs that work, seeding promising models, and building institutional and professional capacity to deliver the best and most effective strategies and services.  Compounding this challenge is the siloed and uncoordinated use of funds.  Without better alignment of scarce investments, institutions and training providers too often provide duplicative, conflicting, and/or ineffective services. 

To address these challenges, the C-PES supports and advocates for:

  • Increased investments in service and system capacity.  C-PES advocates forincreasing investment in innovative and effective strategies in adult education, workforce development, postsecondary education, and other programs. C-PES also promotes policy incentives that increase investment in research, capacity building, and professional development.  Sufficiently funding these activities can increase the use and viability of effective interventions and practices.
  • Policies that bring different funding sources together to provide comprehensive and coordinated services and support for low-income adults and disadvantaged youth. C-PES promotes policies that “braid” public funding*to support students and align education, training, and support services to help them earn postsecondary credentials and advance in their careers. 

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* Key funding sources include the federal Higher Education Act, Workforce Investment Act, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act; and other federal, state and local funding.
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