Community Profiles

Communities with systems in place to drive meaningful and equitable postsecondary attainment are eligible for recognition as Leadership Communities. They engage in peer-to-peer learning through the Network and must meet the following criteria:

  • Capture and use data for continuous improvement
  • Identify a trusted intermediary organization to help build a common agenda with a shared measurement system, harmonize mutually reinforcing activities, measure progress, and foster┬ácommunication among partners
  • Define a geographic community of focus
  • Document a partnership involving employers, workforce boards, education, municipal leadership, and community-based organizations
  • Develop a plan to implement key strategies for increasing meaningful and equitable postsecondary attainment. Strategies may include:
  • Aligning student transitions through postsecondary education and into careers
  • Implementing locally prioritized college and career pathway systems
  • Supporting implementation of real life learning
  • Proactively considering equity in the design and implementation of strategies

Leadership communities are eligible to receive targeted technical assistance, capacity building and funding to support community-level approaches to career pathway system development and increasing postsecondary degree and credential attainment.