Metrics for career pathways

Presidential Memo Addresses Services and Info for Veterans

Dominic Alhambra
Monday, November 14, 2016

The White House released a Presidential Memorandum last week detailing best practices for education and training institutions serving veterans, members of the military, and their families. With 200,000 service members annually transitioning to further education or careers, it is important to provide veterans with reliable information about high-quality postsecondary education.

Rule Creates National SNAP E&T Metrics

Rachel Zinn
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A major workforce program for low-income people will report nationwide data on participant outcomes for the first time, under a federal regulation published today.

The regulation establishes performance measures for the employment and training (E&T) part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. SNAP E&T is designed to help participants move into self-sufficiency.

California Community Colleges to Use New Skills Builder Metric

Jenna Leventoff
Monday, March 14, 2016

On March 30th, California Community Colleges will begin tracking wage outcomes for “skills-builders.” These students enroll in courses at a community college not to earn a credential or to transfer to a four-year school, but to get a promotion at work or earn a higher salary. According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, there were 86,328 skills-builders in the system in 2011-12.

Answering the Call: Institutions and States Lead the Way Toward Better Measures of Postsecondary Performance

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a report, authored by Jennifer Engle, on how postsecondary data can be used to increase student outcomes and institutional performance. The report describes a framework that offers a set of metrics that are currently in use by some of the foundation's major initiatives to measure institutional performance related to student access, progression, completion, cost and post-college outcomes.

Connecting Credentials: Next Steps in the National Dialogue

The Connecting Credentials partnership released a report focused on the credentials challenge and the next steps the partnership will take in reimagining the system.  The report highlighted the five top focus areas identified by the 170 organizations represented durning the National Summit on Credentialing for the creation of a coherent, connected and clear system that works for all students.

NY Senate White Paper Recommends Improved Workforce Data

by Jenna Leventoff
Friday, December 18, 2015

Last week the New York Senate Democratic Policy Group released a white paper entitled Upstate Left Behind: Job Loss, Policy Challenges, and a New Path to Create Jobs Across New York State. The white paper discusses 47 policy initiatives, including improved workforce data, which are intended to bring jobs to Upstate New York and decrease the region’s economic stagnation.