Accessing Funder Expectations:  Greenville Literacy Association’s Adult Basic Education/ Pre- General Education Developmen...
Evaluation Purpose <ul><li>Analysis of: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Documents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Processes ...
Funder  Expectations <ul><li>Program compliance: National standards and South Carolina (S.C.) mandates </li></ul><ul><li>A...
  Grantor Profile <ul><li>Community Foundation of Greenville, Inc.  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local philanthropic Foun...
Requesting Organization:   <ul><li>Greenville Literacy Association, Inc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community-based, 501 (c) 3 ...
Research Methodology <ul><li>Three instruments utilized: </li></ul><ul><li>Content analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul>...
Adult Literacy? <ul><li>Ability to read, write, and speak in English </li></ul><ul><li>Compute and solve problems at level...
Adult Basic Education (ABE) Learners are: <ul><li>Not enrolled in secondary school </li></ul><ul><li>Lack sufficient maste...
Adult Literacy Facts <ul><li>14.5 %  of the U.S. adults lack adequate levels of literacy proficiency </li></ul><ul><li>15 ...
Literacy in Greenville County <ul><li>20 %  of adults, over 25 years of age, are at level 1 literacy ( at or below the fif...
Adult Basic Education (ABE) <ul><li>Design specifically for improving basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematical c...
Data Interpretation <ul><li>Foundation for Analysis of ABE Program </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Dept. of Education/Office of Voc...
<ul><li>GLA – ABE Student Demographic Data  </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 2005 – June 2008 </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
61 % BETWEEN AGE 25 - 59 Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
56 % OF THE STUDENTS AT INTAKE HAD A FUNCTIONING LEVEL OF 9 - 11YEARS OF EDUCATION Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
COMMUNITY BASED  ABE/PRE-GED PROGRAMS IN SOUTH CAROLINA Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
DATA CONSISTENCY <ul><li>High Degree </li></ul><ul><li>Information acquired through Interviews was  compatible with docume...
Research Conclusions <ul><li>GLA…. </li></ul><ul><li>Follows National standards </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizes state measures,...
LIMITATIONS OF STUDY <ul><li>Summative Approach </li></ul><ul><li>No assumptions or recommendations for program changes or...
Comments & Recommendations <ul><li>ABE Program is important to the community </li></ul><ul><li>GLA’s ABE-Pre GED Program m...
REFERENCES <ul><li>Greenville Literacy Association (2007, July 1 – 2008, June 30). Annual Report.  </li></ul><ul><li>Green...
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Hrd 849 441 Cooper, D Evaluation April 09

  1. 1. Accessing Funder Expectations: Greenville Literacy Association’s Adult Basic Education/ Pre- General Education Development Program Prepared By: Deborah Cooper Graduate Student Submitted to: Dr. Stephen Bronack, Professor Clemson University, Masters Human Resource Development Submitted in partial fulfillment for the requirements of MHRD 849/441
  2. 2. Evaluation Purpose <ul><li>Analysis of: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Documents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Processes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outcomes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Main Goal: </li></ul><ul><li>Determine eligibility for grant funding of the </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Greenville Literacy Association’s Adult Basic Education(ABE)/ Pre- General Education Development (GED) Program </li></ul></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  3. 3. Funder Expectations <ul><li>Program compliance: National standards and South Carolina (S.C.) mandates </li></ul><ul><li>Administration capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics served </li></ul><ul><li>Community need </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome measures </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  4. 4. Grantor Profile <ul><li>Community Foundation of Greenville, Inc.  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local philanthropic Foundation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Committed to the responsible allocation of grant making funds </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Over the last decade has distribute over $40 million in charitable grants to civic organizations and charitable causes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Funded programs must have direct relevance and impact on the Greenville County community </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  5. 5. Requesting Organization: <ul><li>Greenville Literacy Association, Inc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community-based, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Located in Greenville, S.C. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Governance: Board of Directors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult education programs: ABE / Pre-GED and English as a Second Language(ESL) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operates 6 learning facilities in Greenville County </li></ul></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  6. 6. Research Methodology <ul><li>Three instruments utilized: </li></ul><ul><li>Content analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organization documents: annual reports, student/program data, program materials </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National & state standards and mandates </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Executive Director </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ABE Program Manager </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Instructor </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Observation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learning/classroom activities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facility resources </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intake procedures </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  7. 7. Adult Literacy? <ul><li>Ability to read, write, and speak in English </li></ul><ul><li>Compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one’s goals, and develop one’s knowledge and potential </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  8. 8. Adult Basic Education (ABE) Learners are: <ul><li>Not enrolled in secondary school </li></ul><ul><li>Lack sufficient mastery of basic skills required to function in society </li></ul><ul><li>Lack a high school diploma </li></ul><ul><li>Lack basic English skills. </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  9. 9. Adult Literacy Facts <ul><li>14.5 % of the U.S. adults lack adequate levels of literacy proficiency </li></ul><ul><li>15 % of U.S. adults are without a high school diploma/GED and remain below the basic literacy skill level needed to participate in the workforce </li></ul><ul><li>15 % of adults in South Carolina lack a High School Diploma </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  10. 10. Literacy in Greenville County <ul><li>20 % of adults, over 25 years of age, are at level 1 literacy ( at or below the fifth grade level ) </li></ul><ul><li>13.6 % of adults in lack a high school diploma </li></ul><ul><li>6.9 % have fewer than nine years of education </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  11. 11. Adult Basic Education (ABE) <ul><li>Design specifically for improving basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematical computation </li></ul><ul><li>Prepares students for entry into GED classes </li></ul><ul><li>Improves employability </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 75,000 adults throughout the state participate in adult education programs </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  12. 12. Data Interpretation <ul><li>Foundation for Analysis of ABE Program </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Dept. of Education/Office of Vocational & Adult education sets national standards & benchmarks </li></ul><ul><li>S.C. Department of Adult Education sets mandates and comprehensive guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>S.C. Department of Adult Education ABE Assessment Policy </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  13. 13. <ul><li>GLA – ABE Student Demographic Data </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 2005 – June 2008 </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  14. 14. 61 % BETWEEN AGE 25 - 59 Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  15. 15. 56 % OF THE STUDENTS AT INTAKE HAD A FUNCTIONING LEVEL OF 9 - 11YEARS OF EDUCATION Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  16. 16. COMMUNITY BASED ABE/PRE-GED PROGRAMS IN SOUTH CAROLINA Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  17. 17. DATA CONSISTENCY <ul><li>High Degree </li></ul><ul><li>Information acquired through Interviews was compatible with documented information </li></ul><ul><li>Observations were consistent with interviews and documentation </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  18. 18. Research Conclusions <ul><li>GLA…. </li></ul><ul><li>Follows National standards </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizes state measures, practices and procedures mandates </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizes a systematic student intake process and assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Pre and post testing: Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) </li></ul><ul><li>LACES Literacy Pro System for data collection and reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Largest Community-Based literacy program in South Carolina </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  19. 19. LIMITATIONS OF STUDY <ul><li>Summative Approach </li></ul><ul><li>No assumptions or recommendations for program changes or improvements are made </li></ul><ul><li>Demographic data was generalized </li></ul><ul><li>Demographic data was assumed accurate </li></ul><ul><li>Opinions expressed are those of the author and do not reflect those of the Community Foundation </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  20. 20. Comments & Recommendations <ul><li>ABE Program is important to the community </li></ul><ul><li>GLA’s ABE-Pre GED Program meets funder expectation </li></ul><ul><li>GLA’s grant request warrants consideration </li></ul><ul><li>Recommending full funding </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
  21. 21. REFERENCES <ul><li>Greenville Literacy Association (2007, July 1 – 2008, June 30). Annual Report. </li></ul><ul><li>Greenville Literacy Association (2006, July 1 – 2007, June 30). Annual Report. </li></ul><ul><li>Greenville Literacy Association (2005, January 1 – 2006, June). Annual Report. </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Pro Systems, Inc. (n.d.). LACES. Retrieved March 14, 2009 form http://www.literacypro.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>National Center of Education Statistics (2009). Three Types of Literacy. Retrieved March 14, 2009 from http://nces.ed.gov/NAAL/literacytypes.asp </li></ul><ul><li>National Institute of Literacy (2009). Adults with Basic and Below Basic Literacy Levels: Findings from NAAL and Implications for Practice [webcast]. Retrieved April 04, 2009 from http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/webcasts/NAALfindings/webcast081506.html </li></ul><ul><li>National Institute for Literacy (2003). Fact Sheet Overview. Retrieved April 04, 2009 from http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/facts/facts_overview.html </li></ul><ul><li>National Institute for Literacy. (2008, February 14). Frequently Asked Questions : What is Literacy. Retrieved March 14, 2009 from http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/faqs.html#literacy </li></ul><ul><li>South Carolina Department of Education (2008). Adult Basic Education. Retrieved April 04, 2009 from http://ed.sc.gov/agency/Standards-and-Learning/Adult-Education/old/ace/AdultBasicEducation.html </li></ul><ul><li>South Carolina Department of Education (2009, January). National adult literacy survey shows big improvements from 1992 to 2003. Retrieved April 04, 2009 from http://ed.sc.gov/news/more.cfm?articleID=1111 </li></ul><ul><li>South Carolina Department of Education Office of Adult Education. (2007-2008) Fast Facts Adult Education in South Carolina. </li></ul><ul><li>South Carolina Department of Education Office of Adult Education. (2008-2009). Adult Education Assessment Policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Tenenbaum, I. M. (2004, July 1 – 2006, June 30). S. C. State Plan for Adult Education and Family Literacy. </li></ul><ul><li>The National Reporting System. (2007, June). Implementation Guidelines: Measures and Methods for the National Reporting System for Adult Education. Retrieved March 14, 2009 from http://www.nrsweb.org/docs/ImplementationGuidelines.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas, J. (personal communication, April 4, 2009). </li></ul><ul><li>Trident Literacy Association website. (2009). Retrieved April 04, 2009 from http://www.tridentlit.org/ </li></ul>Cooper, D - HRD/849-441
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