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ERIC Number: ED536410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Producing Quality Credentials. The Progress of Education Reform. Volume 13, Number 5
Smith, Matthew
Education Commission of the States (NJ3)
Countless media reports point to the mismatch between workers' skills and employers' needs. Education and employment data bear out this fact. Using data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and other sources, an influential 2011 report found that a substantial percentage of recent college graduates lack core competencies critical to career success. In this environment, producing more college credentials is essential, but not as much as ensuring that degrees and certificates are of a high quality and provide graduates with the specific skills for high-wage jobs currently going unfilled. This issue of "The Progress of Education Reform" presents emerging research on the value of credentials and highlights ways that states can leverage data and accompanying strategies to strengthen the fit between the production of postsecondary credentials and workforce demand. In addition, this issue: (1) features research on student and workforce outcomes; (2) explores how policymakers can use data to make state goals more actionable and attainable; and (3) highlights replicable institutional models and strategies that could increase degree production and quality. (Contains 13 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: GE Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States