Area of Work

College & Career

Every student deserves the opportunity to excel in college and career. As such, WestEd staff provide expertise on effective practices and transition strategies focusing on secondary education, community colleges, universities, adult education, and workforce development.

We conduct research and evaluation studies, develop and visualize measures of college and career readiness, help states establish policies and plans, and provide evidence-based professional development that strengthens pathways to student success in higher education and beyond.

California Career Technical Education Plan

This plan was designed to provide a vision for career technical education that is larger than the programs supported by Carl D. Perkins funds.

Completion by Design

Research-based materials and an interactive online Knowledge Center helped community colleges develop and implement institutional redesigns focused on increasing student completion rates.

Doing What Works

WestEd developed content for the Doing What Works multimedia Library, which builds a bridge from research to action, helping educators implement research-based practices more effectively.

Orange County Workforce Innovation Grant Evaluation

WestEd evaluators tracked both an employer-led planning process and pilots that build pipelines into high-growth occupations in Orange County, CA's IT industry.

Silicon Valley ALLIES Innovation Initiative Evaluation

WestEd researchers conducted a formative evaluation of the Silicon Valley ALLIES (Alliance for Language Learners' Integration, Education, & Success) Innovation Initiative.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

WestEd served as the Project Management Partner for the multistate Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium — the first collaboration of its kind.

TechSF Workforce Innovation Partnership Evaluation

WestEd examined how broad tech industry partnerships develop and lead innovation in the workforce system.