February 24, 2016

Students Still Need More and Better College Data ♦ TIME Money

Jennifer Engle of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation explains in this article why students should have more information about institutions and programs, including data on student access, progress, completion, cost, and post-college outcomes.

February 19, 2016

Workforce Data System Development Continues ♦ Employment & Training Reporter

An article published highlights the findings of WDQC's recently released Mastering the Blueprint 2015: State Progress Report on Workforce DataThe report provides a nation-wide survey of workforce data systems and documents the improvements made by a number of states.


February 9, 2016

For Today's College Student, the Data Doesn't Cut It  ♦  US News

This article highlights a report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which argues that postsecondary data should be more available to assist the increasing number of 'non-traditional' students when they choose postsecondary programs, especially in this era of escalating tuition.


January 7, 2016

'Best' Colleges Don't Guarantee Higher Pay, Better Life ♦ The Tennessean

Mark Schneider of the American Institutes for Research and College Measures explains in this article how data show that graduates of regional universities in Tennessee do just as well as their counterparts from more "prestigious" public institutions when considering earnings and other quality of life factors.

September 18, 2015

Why the U.S. Needs Better Student Data ♦ The Chronicle of Higher Education

Amy Laitinen of New America explains in this commentary why the new College Scorecard is a significant step forward for students in making decisions about investing in postsecondary education, but also contends that this tool could be improved with better and more inclusive data. 

August 31, 2015

More Than Grants: The Role of the Federal Government in Higher Ed Reform ♦  The EvoLLLution 

Kermit Kaleba of the National Skills Coalition was interviewed for this article on recent administration and congressional developments on higher education, including the status of the Higher Education Act (HEA). He called for placing greater emphasis on using data to make postsecondary education more outcomes-focused and in line with labor market demand.

June 22, 2015

Study: Knowledge of Earnings Potential Empowers Students ♦ Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Mark Schneider of the American Institutes for Research is quoted in this article that looks at a study of how the provision of earnings data to students in Chile influenced their decision-making about post-secondary programs. The research, conducted by scholars from Princeton and Brown universities, revealed that the students chose programs that tend to lead to greater earnings by age 30, and that such information could have an especially positive effect for lower-income students.