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.
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.
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.
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.
Helping High Schoolers Connect Degrees to Dollars ♦ Stateline
An article in Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, describes the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development's (DEED) outreach teaching students how to access and use education and earnings data. DEED's Graduate Employment Outcomes data tool shows how many graduates are finding jobs, and at what wages. In addition to Minnesota, many states are passing legislation requiring the reporting of student outcome data and other states have created similar tools making data on student outcomes more accessible.
How Community Colleges Use Job-Market Data to Develop New Programs ♦ The Chronicle of Higher Education
This article outlines how the Kentucky Community and Technical College system is using job-market data collected from online listings for new program development. Community colleges nationwide are looking for new ways to understand which workforce training programs will most benefit students and communities. David Baime, senior vice president for government relations and policy analysis at the American Association of Community Colleges, is quoted.
It Is What You Learn that Counts, Not How Much You Learn ♦ Blytheville Courier News
ANC President Dr. Jim Shemwell cites the work of the Arkansas Research Center and the National Skills Coalition in this commentary encouraging students to see the earnings potential of certain two-year degree programs that provide in-demand "middle skills."