March 13, 2017

Quality Checks of Short-term Training Get Mixed Reviews ♦ The Employment & Training Reporter

This article summarizes research and recommendations from WDQC's Programs That Work report about ways to ensure quality for short-term occupational programs in order to make them eligible for financial aid.

January 24, 2017

Needed: Better Labor Market Data ♦ Issues in Science & Technology

WDQC Policy Analyst Christina Peña calls for adding occupational information to wage records and more support of state longitudinal data systems in a response to Andrew Reamer's article: Better Jobs Information Benefits Everyone.

December 23, 2016

Statewide Employee Data Available to Companies Online ♦ Dayton Daily News

This article 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. For more background on how Ohio uses data to inform workforce development, see WDQC's state page

October 11, 2016

States and Student-Level Data ♦ Inside Higher Ed

This article 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, along with WDQC and other advocacy groups. 

September 28, 2016

Data Can Show if Credentials Pay Off ♦ The EvoLLLution

WDQC Policy Analyst Jenna Leventoff writes about the importance of data on shorter-term credentials and industry certifications in this article

September 19, 2016

Two Projects That Promote Alternative Credentials Reach Key Milestones ♦ The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Credential Transparency Initiative's Credentials Registry demonstration, and the launch of the Credential Engine, was covered in this article. WDQC and other partner organizations have been actively engaged in the CTI project and the broader Connecting Credentials initiative, funded by The Lumina Foundation.

July 22, 2016

Consumers get more information about a purchase they once made on trust: college ♦ The Hechinger Report

A recent article by discusses how students are using and responding to increased access to graduate outcome data as they choose colleges and universities. New research finds that the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard, which matches student-loan information with earnings data from the IRS, is gaining in popularity and affecting student behavior only a year after its launch. A study by the College Board finds an increase in the number of high school students sending SAT scores to colleges and universities with increases in graduates' earnings. This increase, however, was greatest among more affluent high school students.