More States Release Data Tools
More and more states are creating online tools to help students and programs get the information they need about higher education programs. This year, Connecticut and Indiana have each released tools that can help these audiences answer critical questions about how graduates fare in the labor market.
In June 2016, Connecticut's Preschool through 20 and Workforce Information Network (P20 WIN) released new charts showing outcomes information for those who earned a credential or degree at one of the 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU). Outcomes information includes the percentage of individuals earning a credential, the percentage of individuals finding employment in Connecticut, and average wages both prior to and after program completion. Chart users can see the data broken down by degree type, institution, and program, as well as by demographics. The charts were populated by matching data about CSCU graduates with Unemployment Insurance data from the Connecticut State Department of Labor.
Similarly, in January 2016, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education built an online tool to allow students to consider the costs and benefits associated with their higher education options. The tool shows education costs and average debt levels for graduates of Indiana’s public colleges. The tool also shows graduates who find work in Indiana’s average salaries one, five, and ten years after graduation. Although education costs and debts are only listed per institution, outcomes data is broken down by degree level, institution, and program.
Both Connecticut and Indiana’s online tools use Tableau software to display their information.
Together, these tools will help students in Connecticut and Indiana make informed decisions about their education, and help educators evaluate and improve their programs.