ERIC Number: ED450819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Institutional Effectiveness and Unemployment Insurance Data. AACC White Paper.
Mundhenk, Robert T.
This paper describes the value of using unemployment insurance (UI) wage data for measuring college graduates' success in employment and discusses how some colleges are using the data within the limitations of their states. Although colleges have always been able to produce limited outcome data such as graduate placement reports, other potentially more sensitive indicators--job retention, promotion, and salary increases, for example--are notoriously more difficult to obtain. Colleges in several states have begun using UI wage data to track existing students. The federal government already requires states to collect wage data from businesses, and although the data are not specifically designed for tracking students, they are a useful tool for identifying students' post-community college employment. The data indicate who is working, what their quarterly wages are, and in which industry they are employed. Most community colleges do not have access to centralized data that overcome the difficulty of unreported moves and changes of name or employer. State UI systems, however, have this kind of data, as well as information on quarterly earnings. They thus represent a valuable means of tracking and reporting on both graduates and nondegreed completers who remain in state. Appendices contain A Sample Release for Data Use; Coping without UI Data: The Massachusetts Model; Maximizing the Data in Florida and Sources of Further Information. (JA)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Statistics, Job Placement, Outcomes of Education, Student Employment, Two Year Colleges, Unemployment Insurance, Vocational Followup
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.