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.
Scorecards for students
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.
The Idaho Department of Labor recently launched JobScape, which is a new searchable resource to help students and job seekers make more strategic choices when navigating the state’s educational opportunities and labor market.
Last week, Colorado launched a new interactive website, launchmycareercolorado.org, in order to help future students estimate the return on investment for an array of higher education choices. The tool identifies in-demand jobs and reveals how a student’s choice of school, major, industry, or job can impact future earnings.
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.
WDQC interviewed Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi, PhD, Director of the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC), to learn how his institution uses data to inform employers about business opportunities and workforce dynamics, and spur economic growth in Mississippi. This is the fifth video in a series that showcases how states are using education, training, and workforce data to advance their skilled workforce.
The National Skills Coalition created a factsheet in collaboration with WDQC to show why students, educators, employers and policymakers need better postsecondary and workforce data. The factsheet calls for endorsement of the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, which would help to fill this information gap.