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ERIC Number: ED465882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 67
Abstractor: N/A
Determining the Impact of Public Universities on Workforce Development.
Whitfield, Duane; Pitter, Gita Wijesinghe; Howat, Claudia
A study was undertaken in Florida to examine the impact of the state universities on the state's workforce, using data sources from a follow-up program called the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program, which uses data from the unemployment insurance wage database, federal employment databases, continuing education data at all levels, public assistance records and state prison incarcerations. Graduates from the 1998-99 academic year employed in Florida (21,680) were matched to employer wage reports to determine which industries are hiring the graduates, the graduates' immediate employment status, and the graduates' average earnings by college major and by industry. These academic programs had at least 25 graduates, at least 70% of whom were employed in Florida: education, health, business, social work, and public administration. Engineering and several science programs had the lowest rates of employed graduates in Florida. Average full-quarter earnings were $7,408 for women and $8,508 for males. College majors with the highest average earning rates were surveying (highest), engineering, and engineering technology. Majors whose graduates received the lowest were agriculture and natural resources. The document contains recommendations to develop industry to match programs that had the greatest strengths and to encourage students to enroll in programs for high-demand occupations. (Contains 13 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A