WDQC Policy Analyst Christina Peña calls for adding occupational information to wage records and more support of state longitudinal data systems in Issues in Science & Technology's section: Needed: better labor market data.
Forum opinions posted were in response to Andrew Reamer's article: Better Jobs Information Benefits Everyone.
The Dayton Daily News featured Ohio's new Workforce Supply Tool. The online tool, made possible by a National Skills Coalition State Workforce and Education Alignment Project (SWEAP) grant, allows employers to make more informed decisions about recruitment with the benefit of labor market information. The tool is available on the website of Ohio Means Jobs.
For more background on how Ohio uses data to inform workforce development, see WDQC's state page.
Erick Ajax and Traci Tapani's brief StarTribune article builds off a National Skills Coalition conclusion that over half of all job openings in the next five years will be for middle-skill jobs. With this finding and the increasing importance of apprenticeships and training for middle-skill workers, the authors assert that the new administration should work to ensure that the needs of working learners are financially supported by Pell grants and financial aid beyond the undergraduate system.
An article on Inside Higher Ed explored how states like Indiana and Texas are using student outcome data. For now, the federal government has placed a ban on student-level data that would help determine the value of higher education institutions, limiting tools like the Department of Education's College Scorecard to provide only a broad view of institution's outcome effectiveness. Young Invincibles has recently called for a repeal of the ban. Tom Allison, Policy and Research Director for Young Invincibles says “When the data you collect and use focuses on schools instead of students, then you can't answer some pretty basic questions about the value of higher education."
WDQC Policy Analyst Jenna Leventoff writes about the importance of data on shorter-term credentials and industry certifications for this article in The EvoLLLution.
As alternative credentials continue to gain steam, the higher education marketplace is moving towards a place where they will simply be considered “credentials.” In an interview with The EvoLLLution, Lumina Foundation's founder and CEO Jamie Marisotis reflects on the potential for alternative credentials to reshape the postsecondary environment and shares his thoughts on the roadblocks standing in their way.
Marisotis tackles questions about credentials' recent growth in popularity, the role of non-institutional education providers, and the obstacles in the way for credentials to fulfill their full potential. Click here to read about the bright future of "alternative credentials" in postsecondary education.
The Credential Transparency Initiative's Credentials Registry demonstration, and the launch of the Credential Engine, was covered in this Chronicle of Higher Education article: 2 Projects That Promote Alternative Credentials Reach Key Milestones.
WDQC and other partner organizations have been actively engaged in the CTI project and the broader Connecting Credentials initiative, funded by The Lumina Foundation.