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2014 ACTE-NRCCUA Survey: Career Prep, Technical and Academic Skills, Employer Partnerships


March 10, 2014


2014 ACTE-NRCCUA Survey: Career Prep, Technical and Academic Skills, Employer Partnerships

We're happy to announce findings from our annual, nationwide survey of CTE students and educators, conducted in partnership with the National Research Center for College and University Admissions™ (NRCCUA®). Findings in CTE Works! 2014 Results from a National Survey, first presented at ACTE's National Policy Seminar last week, demonstrate that CTE students are preparing for life after high school by developing and honing technical, academic and employability skills:


 2014 ACTE-NRCCUA Survey Student Skills

The survey also found that:

  • 60 percent of CTE students plan to pursue a career related to the field they are studying; this percentage has grown over the past several years
  • 45 percent of students say CTE courses provide them with real-world examples that help them better understand academic classes
  • 33 percent of students have the chance to earn college credit, a certification or a degree through CTE

In addition, educator findings point to CTE practitioners' continued dedication to academic-CTE integration, business and industry partnerships, and making due with strained resources. Almost 60 percent of CTE educators say their funding has been reduced in recent years. Educators would use an increase in funding primarily for new equipment, followed by new curriculum materials, enrichment opportunities for students and professional development to increase technical skills.  

ACTE members are particularly likely to build business and industry partnerships:

2014 ACTE-NRCCUA Survey Educator Partnerships

CTE Works! 2014 Results from a National Survey is a product of ACTE and My College Options®. The survey was conducted in fall 2013 by NRCCUA®, which operates the My College Options® college planning program.

We greatly appreciate those who took the time to participate in the survey! This information helps ACTE capture a nationwide perspective on CTE student and educator attitudes and experiences so that we can advocate more effectively in support of CTE. We encourage you to use this resource in your advocacy efforts as well.

Image credits: NRCCUA. (2014). ACTE Annual Research Report: CTE Works!

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