I am proud to announce a series of accomplishments the Minnesota Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) team and its partners have made over the last four months. These accomplishments are:
Graduate employment outcomes
The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has published two working papers that demonstrate the value of using administrative data for research, with significant relevance for policymaking.
The Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis released a policy brief using administrative data from California community colleges and unemployment insurance data to examine the outcomes of Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. The researchers found that on average, an associate’s degree in CTE programs in California community colleges increase earnings by 25%.
WDQC interviewed Carol O. Rogers, Deputy Director of the Indiana Business Research Center, about the critical role data play in aligning education with industry demand. This video is the fourth in a series that showcases how states are using education, training and workforce data to advance their skilled workforce.
Carol Rogers of the Indiana Business Research Center talks to WDQC.
Background information and resources:
Nevada recently launched the Nevada P-20 to Workforce Research Data System (NPWR), which links K-12, post-secondary, and employment data from participating state agencies to enable research and public reporting about education and the workforce. Nevada partnered with Virginia and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) to implement an upgraded version of the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS) as the NPWR. This partnership exemplifies how multi-state cooperation may enable more states to successfully use data to improve workforce outcomes.
Recently, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation launched the South Dakota Postsecondary Graduate Employment and Wage Outcomes system, which is intended to provide information about the links between postsecondary education and employment outcomes. The system was sparked by a 2012 Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
WDQC and more than 40 other organizations, including many of our partners, are co-sponsoring an effort to reform the nation's postsecondary credentialing system.
Lumina Foundation is spearheading this work to address growing confusion by students and employers about what credentials mean, how they are connected, and which have value.