Dean Solberg Prepares Students for College on a National Level

Associate Dean Solberg, along with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), recently completed a policy brief for the U.S. Department of Labor on Using Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) to Produce College and Career Ready High School Graduates.  According to the NCWD/Youth, ILPs are “increasingly used by states and school districts to support youth in becoming college and career ready.” An ILP is both a document and a process that students use – with support from school counselors, teachers, and parents – to define their career goals and postsecondary plans in order to inform the student’s decisions about their courses and activities throughout high school*. NCWD/Youth reports that 35 states currently employ middle and/or high school students in ILPs.

The policy brief summarizes findings and recommendations from a multi-year individualized learning plans (ILP) research and demonstration project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. The policy brief also recommends actions for a diversity of stakeholders including state officials, district/school officials, educators, organizations interested in supporting family engagement in schools, special education administrators and support organizations, national organizations, disability organizations, and Federal officials.


Read more about the policy brief here:


*as defined by NCWD/Youth

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