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State Adult Education Management and Leadership Functions:
A Self Assessment

DON'T PANIC !!! "You do not have to be perfect to be good."

As this Self Assessment will attest, State Directors of Adult Education have very complex jobs. This document lists the major job functions you are to perform. Each function is accompanied by a number of elements. Few if any State Directors perform all functions and elements to the maximum. However, THAT IS YOUR GOAL. Therefore, as you read through the Self Assessment and evaluate your satisfaction with the various systems under your watch care, resist the urge to become overwhelmed. Repeat "You do not have to be perfect to be good." But you do have to strive for perfection.

Likewise, you cannot fix everything at once. By prioritizing and approaching program improvement strategically, your program can evolve. At the conclusion of your Self Assessment, you will be asked to identify one or two program functions/systems that you want to improve. Our role at NAEPDC is to support you and your selected program improvement initiatives using a variety of resources. At the end of your tenure as State Director, you will leave a much-improved system as your legacy.

The State Director of Adult Education has an ever-changing job. Job functions evolve to meet changing federal and state legislation, state leadership needs, and student demographics. Thus, the attached listing of State Director's job functions is a slice in time and will change as the environment in which you work changes. Suggestions for updating the functions are expected and welcomed.

Purpose of the Self Assessment

How this Self Assessment will be Used

Information about the Self Assessment Form

Self Assessment Locator

Program Functions Self Assessment, Function/System

  1. Program Planning
  2. Program Management
    1. Program Accountability Systems
    2. Professional Development Systems
    3. Financial Systems
    4. Staffing Systems
    5. Local Program Application Systems
    6. Marketing and Student Recruitment Systems
    7. Instructional/Retention Systems
  3. Program Leadership
    1. Going to Scale
    2. Coordinated Funding Streams
    3. State and Local Coordination in One-Stop Services
    4. Leveraging Staff Expertise and Professional Development
    5. Developing a Performance Funding System
    6. Distance Learning/Non-Classroom Delivery Systems



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