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State Blueprint in Action

Arkansas is one of seven states that has 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. You can check out the Arkansas Education to Employment reports posted on the Arkansas Research Center’s website.

New Jersey has a “consumer report card” website with information on occupational training programs in the state. Users can search by program type or occupation. The program information includes a results tab showing employment rates and average earnings at six months, one year and two years after graduation. The state calculates these employment outcomes by matching wage records with student records from the state agencies that oversee adult education, workforce development and higher education.

California’s community college system recently created two online tools that show employment outcomes for graduates. The College Wage Tracker displays average wages by school and program at three years after graduation. Users can compare earnings for the same program (e.g. associate’s degree in accounting) offered by different schools, or compare the earnings for different programs at the same schools. The Salary Surfer tool uses the aggregated earnings of graduates from a five year period to provide an estimate of the potential wages to be earned two years and five years after receiving a certificate or degree in certain disciplines. This information can help students and families as they make decisions about investing time and resources in postsecondary education.

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