New Resources Roundup

by Rachel Zinn
March 11, 2014

WDQC partners and advisors have been busy releasing new publications to advance conversations about education and workforce data.

Our website regularly posts reports from other organizations on topics relevant to the WDQC policy agenda. Here are some of the recent publications and other resources you might have missed:

  • New America Foundation, a WDQC partner, released a report today exploring the politics of creating a federal data system with postsecondary student records. The report argues that such a system could help answer questions about college value, including the employment outcomes of graduates.

  • Mapping the Postsecondary Data Domain, a report from WDQC’s partner the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), identifies a core set of questions that consumers, policymakers and institutions should be able to answer about higher education and explains what data is available or still needed to answer these questions.

  • State practices for collecting and using Unemployment Insurance (UI) wage records are explained in this report produced by the Workforce Information Council, a group of state and federal officials that provides oversight and guidance to the nation’s workforce information system, with assistance from the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), a WDQC partner.

  • report by Louis Jacobson, president of New Horizons Economic Research and an advisor to WDQC, examines how Florida’s data systems can provide information that helps Workforce Investment Act (WIA) participants and American Job Center staff make sound choices about training fields and providers.

  • Data on adult education is now included on the Federal Education Budget Project website from New America Foundation. The site provides data on federal spending by state for a variety of education programs, from early childhood to K-12 to higher education. When the most recent performance data from adult education is available from the U.S. Department of Education, it also will be posted on the site.

  • My Future TX, a new tool produced by College Measures, provides information to help students select colleges, majors and careers. Data on the site includes average earnings one year and 10 years after graduation.