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.
Metrics for career pathways
The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), which provides non-partisan policy advice to California’s legislature, recently released a report evaluating the state’s data collection processes and providing suggestions for making the state’s workforce data more useful.
A recently released report describes best practices for states to develop and implement policies that facilitate the transition of veterans into civilian work, including the use of data to identify in-demand occupations and track veterans’ education and career milestones.
The Institute for Higher Education Policy analyzed measures of equity, performance, and efficiency to inform the research report: "Toward Convergence: A Technical Guide for the Postsecondary Metrics Framework," and proposes 31 definitions for key measures that can be used to drive student success.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.