Know if Graduates Get Jobs

Determine employment and earnings outcomes for graduates of an increasing number of workforce and education programs, including higher education.

State Blueprint in Action

Seven states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) have partnered with College Measures to publicize average earnings for graduates of education and training programs. College Measures, a joint venture of the American Institutes for Research and Matrix Knowledge Group, works with states to analyze earnings for students who graduate from certificate and degree programs at two and four-year colleges. The aggregate data on earnings is derived from matching former student information to the state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) wage records. The College Measures states offer searchable websites so policymakers and the public can view earnings by school and by program.

Missouri's Wage Explorer tool was created through a Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Wage Explorer is a web tool designed to determine employment earnings outcomes for graduates within selected degree and certificate programs. This tool displays the entry-level wages, industries and work regions of recent Missouri graduates based on programs of study. Information such as this can help prospective students make informed decisions about their higher education choices.

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