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ERIC Number: ED512020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 50
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Postsecondary Education: Many States Collect Graduates' Employment Information, but Clearer Guidance on Student Privacy Requirements Is Needed. Report to Congressional Committees. GAO-10-927
Iritani, Katherine M.
US Government Accountability Office
Postsecondary education plays an important role in producing a skilled workforce able to compete in the global economy. Some stakeholders have suggested that collecting information on graduates' employment outcomes--whether they are employed in their field of study, for example--will provide better information to help assess the impact of a postsecondary education. The Higher Education Opportunity Act directed GAO to study the information that states have on the employment outcomes of postsecondary graduates. This report describes (1) the extent and purposes for which states collect employment-related information and the challenges they faced in doing so, (2) potential approaches to expanding states' collection efforts across states and nationwide, and (3) how selected states and schools collaborate with employers to align education and workforce needs. To address these objectives, GAO reviewed relevant research and interviewed officials from the U.S. Departments of Education (Education) and Labor, as well as postsecondary institutions, state agencies, and employers in seven states and two countries selected based on their data collection capabilities. GAO recommends that Education clarify means by which states can collect and share graduates' employment information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and establish a time frame for doing so. Education agreed with the recommendation. Appended are: (1) Scope and Methodology; (2) Selected Characteristics of States' Postsecondary Student Unit Record Data Systems; (3) Examples of Selected National Surveys of Postsecondary Education Students; (4) Structure of Postsecondary Education in Australia and United Kingdom and Data Collection Methods; (5) Comments from the Department of Education; and (6) GAO Contacts and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure and 33 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974; Higher Education Opportunity Act 1970