WDQC Action

Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) is a non-profit, non-partisan initiative that advocates for inclusive, aligned and market-relevant data systems used for advancing the nation's skilled workforce and helping U.S. industries compete in a changing economy. In order to achieve this vision, WDQC has taken numerous actions to encourage Congress and federal agencies to strengthen data systems to enable economic growth. 

Letter Urging Senate HELP Committee to include College Transparency Act in HEA Reauthorization
02/21/2018: The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) is considering the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and is seeking input from stakeholders. As a result, Workforce Data Quality Campaign recently submitted a letter to Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) of the Senate HELP Committee urging them to amend HEA to include the College Transparency Act (CTA).  

CTA would establish a federally held student level data network and a public facing website that would provide basic information on postsecondary programs of study at institutions eligible to serve students receiving financial aid under Title IV of HEA. The information would include the employment rates and median earnings of former students. To view WDQC’s letter supporting CTA, please see here.
Letter Supporting College Transparency Act sent to National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) 
01/26/2018: WDQC sent a brief written submission ahead of NACIQI's meeting that would include a panel discussion on a student level data system. 
5/23/2017: WDQC joined the Postsecondary Data Collaborative in applauding this bipartisan, bicameral legislation. The Act would improve the use of data on postsecondary education and provide better information on program outcomes, including employment and earnings. 
Letter to the President of the United States
5/9/2017: WDQC joined a letter organized by the American Statistical Association, calling on the President to swiftly appoint a well-qualified Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner and urging an increase in appropriation levels for the Bureau.
4/13/2017: To reiterate support for a federal postsecondary student data system, WDQC worked with the PostSecondary Data Collaborative on a letter that responds to concerns raised by other organizations about privacy and government over-reach. 
Letter to Support Postsecondary Data
3/29/2017: WDQC worked with the PostSecondary Data Collaborative to express support for College Scorecard data and transparency in postsecondary education. Over 40 national, state, and local organizations signed the letter sent to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
3/16/2017: WDQC joined a letter for Congress organized by the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) to support federal statistical agencies and data sources.
2/27/2017: As Congress worked to finalize FY17 funding levels, WDQC and partner organizations sent a letter to Congress urging sufficient funding for major education and workforce data initiatives. 

12/06/2016: WDQC proposed several improvements and clarifications to better capture the depth of data linkages within states. Some suggestions call for the promotion of cross-agency collaboration, explicitly determine barriers preventing success, and expanding the survey to student movement by utilizing P-20W data linkages.

11/14/2016: In response to a public request for comment, WDQC addressed several questions put forth by the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking to inform its deliberations. Recommendations highlighted important collections to inform education and workforce development, changes in legislation and rules to improve data linkages and reporting, as well as privacy and security protections.

11/10/2016: In consultation with national and state advisors, the National Skills Coalition agenda includes WDQC recommendations to make today's educational and workforce data a more valuable tool for expanding individual opportunity and economic prosperity.

06/20/2016: In anticipation of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking commencing its review of federal data, WDQC has been joined by other organizations in highlighting for the Commission key issues and principles on higher education and workforce data.

5/23/2016: WDQC submitted comments on an interim rule implementing new statutory requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) to report on a consistent, nationwide set of measures about participant outcomes. Our partners, National Skills Coalition and CLASP, also submitted their own comments with detailed recommendations.

5/2/2016: In response to an Information Collection Request explaining plans to continue using surveys as the only means of tracking post-program outcomes for Job Corps participants, WDQC submitted comments urging the U.S. Department of Labor to explore how use of wage records could reduce burden and result in more accurate outcome measurements.

3/11/2016: WDQC sent letters to the House and Senate Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to recommend the funding levels for selected programs in the Departments of Education and Labor. 

10/28/15: WDQC offered recommendations for the renewal of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

09/21/15: WDQC offered recommendations to the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor on two policy areas: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) data collection and dissemination, and an updated College Scorecard.

06/12/15: After collecting input from multiple national and state organizations, WDQC submitted comments on proposed regulations implementing WIOA. The comments addressed several topics related to performance reporting, accountability, and data management.

06/11/15: WDQC and a group of partner organizations wrote a letter of support for the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act (S. 1195)  to Senator Marco Rubio (R – FL), Sen. Mark Warner (D – VA), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D – OR), who introduced the measure. The legislation would amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) to require postsecondary institutions eligible for federal financial aid to submit student-level data to the U.S. Department of Education.

04/28/15: Twenty-seven members of the Postsecondary Data Collaborative, including WDQC, signed a letter to respond to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee's request for comment on the Federal Postsecondary Data Transparency and Consumer Information White Paper.

04/02/15: WDQC wrote to the Chairmen and Ranking members of the House and Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on the funding of the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grants.

02/17/15: WDQC submitted comments to Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the Postsecondary Institution Rating System. WDQC advised the Department of Education to include labor market outcomes in the proposed college rating system.

12/01/14: WDQC offered comments to the U.S. Department of Labor for implementing the new performance accountability requirements under WIOA.

07/24/14: WDQC submitted comments  to the U.S. Department of Education on proposed initiatives to improve postsecondary access and job training.

06/29/14: WDQC released specific recommendations for federal action — both legislative and administrative — that would support better data for accountability, transparency and program improvement. These recommendations build on the principles set in the WDQC policy agenda  and the input from policy experts, state leaders, researchers, employer advocates and practitioners across the education and workforce spectrum.

06/12/14: WDQC submitted comments to the House subcommittee Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to highlight the importance of the continued funding of essential data-related programs. WDQC urged the committee to support programs that provide the crucial data needed to ensure that our nation is educating its students and workers to succeed in the 21st century economy.

04/25/14: WDQC proposed a list of executive recommendations to strengthen workforce data. The Obama Administration could pursue the following proposals without the passage of legislation as part of the government-wide review of job training programs.

04/07/14: WDQC wrote the House Committee on Education and the Workforce to support the Strengthening Education through Research Act (H.R. 4366).

02/04/14: WDQC and a group of partner organizations wrote Senator Ron Wyden (D- OR) to support his introduction of an amendment to the Supporting At-Risk Children Act (S. 1870).