The American Enterprise Institute published the report, Degrees of Opportunity: Lessons Learned from State-Level Data on Postsecondary Earnings Outcomes." The report's authors used earnings data to look at wage outcomes for four and two-year degrees, and also apprenticeship and certificate programs. The researchers discovered that some of the shorter term programs also offered viable paths toward middle class wages.
Graduate employment outcomes
The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) published this report to propose the basic elements of operations, data governmance, and privacy and security of a student-level data system. Such a system would provide students with vital information about their postsecondary investments, including employment and earnings outcomes by postsecondary programs.
Last week, Montana’s Department of Labor & Industry (MTDLI) and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) released a new report entitled "Meeting State Worker Demand: A report on the Labor Market Outcomes for Montana Colleges." The report answers two particularly important questions:
(1) Are Montana’s colleges producing enough graduates to meet employer demand? and
Third Way analyzed data from four-year, two-year, and certificate-granting institutions to show results on college completion, post-enrollment earnings, and loan repayment. Those indicators of success were also measured across public, private non-profit, and for-profit postsecondary institutions.
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce's report, Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers, reviews options for using postsecondary and workforce data to improve transparency around higher education employment outcomes.
Higher Ed Groups Urge DeVos to Keep Up Data Collection ♦ Politico Morning Education
Data can help students succeed. The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) show this in 14 recently released case studies, describing how higher education institutions are using student-level data to produce actionable information that improves student decision making and outcomes.
Students in Georgia now have an online tool from which they can learn more about potential educational options in the state. In early January 2017, Georgia's Governor's Office of Student Achievement released the Georgia Higher Learning and Earnings (GHLE) dashboard. The interactive tool allows users to see how much money graduates of Georgia’s universities and technical colleges are earning one and five years after graduation. Users can view this information by institution, degree type, or major.
A December 2016 report from the Urban Institute, Choice Deserts: How Geography Limits the Potential Impact of Earnings Data on Higher Education analyzed data from students who graduated from Virginia high schools in 2011 and 2012.