ERIC Number: ED390507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Using Wage Record Data To Track the Post-College Employment Rates and Wages of California Community College Students.
The Post-Education Employment Tracking System (PEETS) is an automated system for tracking employment rates and earnings of community college program completers and leavers, linking state Employment Development Department (EDD) unemployment insurance (UI) records with student data from the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges. A pilot study in 1992-93 examined outcomes for Santa Barbara City College and Grossmont College and concluded that PEETS is a cost-effective method for tracking former student success. A follow-up study was conducted to refine the use of PEETS by expanding the original study sample, investigating 4-year outcomes for 173,535 students at 18 California community colleges who either completed in 1992 or 1993 or stopped attending in 1991 or 1992. The follow-up study found that UI records were available for the majority of the sample; that wages of students who received a certificate or degree from an occupational program were higher than both those who left occupational programs without a degree or certificate and those who completed non-occupational programs; and that occupational students with a degree or certificate made a 47% gain in wages between their last year of college and the third year after college. Recommendations for improving the usefulness of PEETS data include using student files from California public and private universities and expanding the system to secondary schools, job training programs, and correctional institutes. Appendixes provide a sample outcomes data table and a description of a Florida follow-up system. (TGI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Santa Barbara City Coll., CA.