Sequencing and Articulation


Sequencing and articulation is one of 12 elements of high-quality CTE, defined in ACTE’s comprehensive, research-based Quality CTE Program of Study Framework. The following reports, articles, guides and toolkits can help you develop high-quality programs of study and pathways. This page is under development; additional resources and tags will be added in summer 2018. 

Programs of Study and Career Pathways

The Power and Promise of Pathways ($)
Meeder, 2016

Developing Career Pathways That Work
Oshita and Milgram, ACTE Techniques Magazine, January 2018

Issue Brief: MDRC Research on Career Pathways
Kazis, MDRC, March 2016

Rigorous Tests of Student Outcomes in CTE Programs of Study: Final Report
Castellano et. al, National Research Center for CTE, April 2014

A Cross-case Analysis of Career Pathway Programs that Link Low-skilled Adults to Family-sustaining Wage Careers
Bragg et. al, National Research Center for CTE, October 2007

Contextualized College Transition Strategies for Adult Basic Skills Students: Learning from Washington State’s I-BEST Program Model
Wachen, Jenkins, Belfield and Van Noy, Community College Research Center, December 2012

The Promise of Career Pathways Systems Change
Clagett and Uhalde, Jobs for the Future, 2012

Earning Postsecondary Credit in High School

Redesigning the Senior Year: Expanding Opportunities for All Students
Winkler and Squires, ACTE Techniques Magazine, September 2016

Optimizing Postsecondary Learning Outcomes for Young Adults
Phelps, ACTE Techniques Magazine, April 2016

CTE Dual Enrollment: A Game Changer in Rural Tennessee
Norwood, ACTE Techniques Magazine, April 2015

Hybrid CTE Dual Enrollment: An Innovative Approach to Education
Chumbley, ACTE Techniques Magazine, April 2015

CTE Dual Enrollment: A Strategy for College Completion and Workforce Investment
Zinth, Education Commission of the States, March 2014

College Credit in High School: Working Group Report
College Board, November 2017

Secondary to Postsecondary Technical Education Transitions: An Exploratory Study of Dual Enrollment in Georgia
Harnish and Lynch, Career and Technical Education Research, January 2015 ($)

Dual-Credit in Kentucky
Stephenson, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, September 2013 ($)

Teaching and Learning in the Dual Enrollment Classroom
Hughes and Edwards, New Directions for Higher Education, June 2012 ($)

Faculty Qualification Policies and Strategies Relevant to Dual Enrollment Programs: An Analysis of States and Regional Accreditation Agencies
Horn et. al, Midwestern Higher Education Compact and Education Commission of the States, July 2016

Guided Pathways

Guided Pathways at Community Colleges: From Theory to Practice
Thomas Bailey, Community College Research Center, December 2017

What We Are Learning About Guided Pathways
Jenkins, Lahr, Fink and Ganga, Community College Research Center, April 2018

Building Blocks: Laying the Groundwork for Guided Pathways Reform in Ohio
Jenkins, Lahr and Fink, Community College Research Center, September 2017

Implementing Guided Pathways: Tips and Tools
Community College Research Center, March 2015

Frameworks, Guides and Toolkits

Program of Study Design Framework
Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

Program of Study Local Implementation and Self-Assessment Tools
Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

Stackable Credentials Tool Kit
Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, April 2018

Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success
Kozumplik et. al, U.S. Department of Labor, 2011

Career Pathways Toolkit: An Enhanced Guide and Workbook for System Development
U.S. Department of Labor, 2016

Powerhouse Partnerships: Community Colleges and Workforce Boards Working Together
U.S. Department of Labor, 2018

Shared Vision, Strong Systems: The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework Version 1.0
Center for Law and Social Policy, 2014

Leading High School Transformation for College and Career Success: A Guide for Developing a System of Linked Learning Pathways
Stearns, ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career, 2014

A Guide for Implementing Programs of Study in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, July 2011