Research & Centers

Adult College Completion Terminology

Degree:A degree is a combination of technical skills with general education, and usually includes an additional element of social sciences education (Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Masters’, and Ph.D.).

Credential:A credential can be given for completion of one class, or a set of classes, streamlined to quickly enhance job skills.

CWW Research Capacity

As part of its diverse agenda, the Center for Women and Work (CWW) conducts cutting-edge research relevant to gender, workplace policies, education, career development, women’s leadership and advancement, work-life integration, and other issues of importance to New Jersey’s and the nation’s working families. 

See below for a summary of the research we perform at CWW.  For further information, please contact our Research Director, Danielle Lindemann, at  

Resources for One-Stop Career Centers

This section contains resources to help workforce center staff more effectively:

Workforce Policies Related to College Completion

To better understand college completion and make data-driven decisions about workforce strategies, it is important to be familiar with related policies and organizations. Both can help you become more knowledgeable about the workforce landscape, find training opportunities to diversify or hone your skills, and implement best practices. Here are a few examples:


Working with Adult Learners: The Importance of Educational Background

 WIA has been criticized for failing to link its training to meaningful careers for its clients, and for not offering counseling that determines whether a client’s training is a good match, gauges his or her training progress, and prevents clients from picking substandard, even fraudulent schools, and incurring debt.

Seven Key Steps Useful for Enhancing Degree Completion through Workforce Centers

Rutgers has made a strong case arguing that workforce centers can play a critical role in degree completion efforts. Enhancing and increasing these efforts takes only seven steps:

Why Degree Completion? Its Importance for Workforce Centers

Although often overlooked as a first line of support when matching workers with jobs, the case for degree completion is strong. Degree completion is:

Welcome to the Adult College Completion Portal!

Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) have worked since 2010 to implement the Adult College Completion Initiative (ACC) for adult learners. The overarching goal of this initiative is to shift policies and practices within states’ workforce development systems towards promoting college completion as a short-term training option for clients. A parallel goal is to conduct research to determine what difference adult college completion makes for both client and performance outcomes in the workforce system.

Workforce Online Learning Industry Portal (WOLIP)

In an effort to tailor and coordinate specific online training needs within and across states, the U. S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Employment and Training Administration awarded grants in 2008 to Colorado, Maine, Mississippi and Pennsylvania to pilot a demonstration project called the Collaborative Online Workforce Education and Training Portal. This demonstration project was evaluated by the CWW. Important findings on online learning, the Great Recession, gender and workforce development, and the value of a portal emerged.