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:


Considering Adult Learners

The workforce center can play an important role in helping adult learners attain their degree. To do so, there are a few key points to remember when considering adult learners:


7 Key Steps Proven to Enhance Degree Completion through One-Stop Career Centers

There is a strong case that One-Stop Career Centers can play a critical role in degree completion efforts. Enhancing and increasing these efforts takes only 7 steps:

Degree Completion and Why It's Important for One-Stop Career 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 for Workforce Board (NAWB) are working together to implement the Adult College Completion (ACC) initiative. The overarching goal of this initiative is to shift policies and practices within the Workforce Investment System towards promoting college completion as a possibility for short-term training for clients and to conduct research to determine what difference 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.