States and Student-Level Data ♦ Inside Higher Ed
Graduate employment outcomes
Conversations about education and workforce data dominated the first public hearing of the bi-partisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking last week. The Commission called on witnesses representing research, education, statistical, social service, and advocacy organizations.
Last week, California's Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 66 into law. The bill will improve California’s career and technical education by sharing licensing data to allow for better program evaluation and by streamlining reporting requirements for workforce training programs.
More and more states are creating online tools to help students and programs get the information they need about higher education programs. This year, Connecticut and Indiana have each released tools that can help these audiences answer critical questions about how graduates fare in the labor market.
The U.S. Census Bureau and the University of Texas System (UT) have signed a 10-year agreement that will allow for a fuller analysis of UT graduate outcomes and earnings.
With the growing importance of understanding and evaluating the impact of education programs on their students, the California Community Colleges' Doing What MATTERS program produced an engaging infographic Understanding Employment & Earnings Data that guides college administrators and faculty on interpreting employment data.
A Working Paper from the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE) examines the outcomes of students who transfer from four- to two-year colleges. Data used in the study to assess earnings outcomes were based on Unemployment Insurance quarterly wage information from a small state. Students who were "struggling" academically at four-year colleges were able to improve college completion by transferring in this direction, earning Associates degrees or certificates at two-year institutions.
A paper series released today on Envisioning the National Postsecondary Data Infrastructure provides recommendations to strengthen data needed to improve student success, including federal and state policy reforms that would leverage employment data to measure post-college labor market outcomes.
Earlier this week, the Kansas Board of Regents released Kansas DegreeStats, an online tool which can help students evaluate the economic feasibility of degree programs within the state’s four-year public institutions. DegreeStats contains side-by-side evaluations of the costs of various programs, possible sources of funding, expected earnings after graduation, and information about potential loan repayments.