The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently revealed a new web-based interactive portal that allows users, including researchers, practitioners and policymakers to build customizable data tables using data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (
Scorecards for students
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report, VA Education Benefits: VA Should Strengthen Its Efforts to Help Veterans Make Informed Education Choices, which found that a significant portion of student veterans want better information to help them choose education programs, including data on post-graduation employment.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant solicitation released today by the U.S. Department of Labor uses several strategies to encourage colleges to collect and use data on student outcomes.
TAACCCT grants will award $450 million to higher education institutions to support sector-based training programs no longer than two years. This is the fourth round of grants.
WDQC has followed several state data legislative proposals. Here are some updates on those state actions:
Rachel Zinn, WDQC Director, served as a panelist during a meeting of the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grantees yesterday in Washington, DC. She talked about ways to improve access to and alignment of K-12, higher education and workforce data systems, and also introduced WDQC’s policy agenda for reform to meeting participants.
As education costs continue to rise and the skills gap persists, the focus is on community colleges as key players to educate the workforce and enable individuals to gain valuable training to access better jobs. While the need for training is clear, many community colleges have limited data on workforce programs, especially those offered without credit.