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ERIC Number: ED541431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
A Guide for Using Labor Market Data to Improve Student Success
Aspen Institute
Never before has the link between a college education and postgraduate job prospects been more important. College graduates are employed more often and, on average, earn significantly more than those without college degrees. During recent years, as students have moved into a challenging job market, a college education has remained the most reliable defense against unemployment. At the same time, investments in higher education can no longer be taken for granted. States--facing their own financial and economic challenges--are making choices about how much and where to invest in higher education. Several are examining which state expenditures will most likely enable students to graduate with the skills needed to fill jobs that will help states' economies grow. This guide aims to advance colleges' understanding of how to access and use labor market data to improve student success. The three sections that follow provide: (1) A description of how colleges can effectively use labor market data; (2) An inventory of available data sources; (3) Recommendations for what colleges can do to improve labor market data use and access. The examples in this guide come from community colleges, gathered primarily through explorations related to the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. However, four-year colleges are also facing budget challenges and increasing expectations to deliver measurable results. Against this backdrop, this guide can also assist four-year colleges as they seek to understand labor market outcomes for bachelor's degree programs. Appended are: (1) Contacts for State UI [unemployment insurance] Tax Information and Assistance; (2) California Legislation Authorizing Postsecondary Institutions' Access To Employment Development Department Data; (3) Understanding the Wage Record Interchange System 2 (WRIS2); and (4) WRIS2 Participants. (Contains 25 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bank of America Charitable Foundation; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Joyce Foundation; JP Morgan Chase Foundation; Lumina Foundation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; America Achieves
Authoring Institution: Aspen Institute