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This report is one of the many initial steps taken by MCPSS and other Mobile stakeholders to increase the number of high school graduates throughout the county. In a two part study, the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) analyzed MCPSS data in partnership with the Mobile County Public School System, Mobile Area Education Foundation, the Research Alliance for Multiple Pathways for Mobile’s Youth (a countywide collaboration of leaders in the field of education, business and community leaders), and the Center for Social Organization for Schools at Johns Hopkins University. 

MCPSS graciously provided data for two parts. Part I is a longitudinal study that followed students from 6th grade until they left MCPSS. The data helped determine predictive indicators for MCPSS students who have an increased likelihood of not earning a high school diploma. This part identifies patterns leading to graduation and those not leading to graduation. Part II is segmentation study that follows high schools beginning in 9th grade until they leave MCPSS. It is broken up into two sections. Section A provides an overview of graduation outcomes and reviews the effect of being held back one year on graduation. Section B compares graduation rates of those who were ever over-aged and under-credited to those who never became over-aged and under-credited in high school.

with Vemuri, Prasad, Chandrasekhar K. Nagasekhar and Larry Dalton

This project was a collaboration with Larry Dalton, Director of Six Sigma, and graduate students in the Bagley College of Engineering to use Six Sigma methodologies to help the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks improve it's license and registration processes.   The agency was able to reduce its waiting period from 8 weeks to less than two after implementation of the new process.

The TWC Agency Strategic Plan, 2001-2005 was written in the spring of 2000. It identifies the agency's strategic situation and major initiatives concerning rural areas and the agency's border initiatives. The appendicies include performance measure definitions and the Compact with Texans, the agency's customer service commitment.

Dr. Mary Lee examined the allocations for child care funding for the the state as mandated by Senate Bill 1391, 76th Texas Legislature.  The report contains several innovative graphs depicting the distribution of funding across the state.

Entitled "Achieving Performance Excellence" or "APEX" for short, this plan is an agency initiative designed to promote training and services to currently employed workers through locally controlled workforce development boards.  Dr. Mary Lee shepherded this document to completion, with direction from each of the commission offices.

The Project RIO Strategic Plan is a collaborative effort between the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and the Texas Youth Commission to place ex-offenders in employment upon release.  Dr. James L. Murray, the Planning Department Manager, coordinated the meeitngs with the agencies.

The Texas Legislature convenes every two years for a session lasting 140 days. Each session, almost 5,000 bills are introduced and about 2,000 are enacted into law. The Planning Department, in collaboration with the Governmental Relations Department, tracks the agency's implementation of new legislation requiring that the agency take action. This publication is issued quarterly to keep the agency's management and staff apprised of the agency's progress on implementing new legislation.  Beth Jones and Katrin Hunt kept this document current.

Each month, the Planning Department gathered the most recent performance statistics for the agency. These results were transmitted to the Governor's Office of Budget and Planning, the Legislative Budget Board, the members of the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Finance Committee and other interested legislators. The results were reviewed and the commissioners were briefed in posted, public meeting where I presented the reports and program staff answered questions regarding performance.  Ron Howell and Beth Jones supplied critical support in delivering this report in a timely manner.

This document was prepared as a Planning Department initiative to develop the agency's operational plan. We succeeded in selling the idea to agency management.  In 2001, the agency began implementation of the proposed planning process by piloting the project with select departments.  Dr. Mary Lee developed the initial proposal.

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