ERIC Number: ED557766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Reference Count: 21
Beyond Borders: Understanding the Development and Mobility of Human Capital in an Age of Data-Driven Accountability. A Report on WICHE's Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange Pilot Project
Prescott, Brian T.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
As educational attainment grows increasingly more essential to individual and societal prosperity and simultaneously more expensive, policymakers' appetite for evidence of the return on the investment in a college education has swelled and they increasingly want to equip prospective college students and their families with concrete information about the likelihood of graduating and obtaining a reasonably well-paying job. It is against this backdrop that the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), embarked on a pilot project to develop a "Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange (MLDE)." This effort was aimed at building a resource able to track how human capital develops and becomes mobile across a multistate region, and at given states, for their use in policy and program improvement, access to data that go missing from individual state databases whenever individuals cross state lines. Spanning individual-level data covering K-12 education, postsecondary education, and workforce information systems in four initial states (Hawai'i, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) the pilot sought to determine whether a MLDE could serve as such a resource and, if so, how it could be built. This report describes how this project progressed, presents analytical results from a combined dataset of students who completed high school and started college in any of the four states, discusses the implications of those results, and offers lessons applicable to ongoing efforts to build and use longitudinal data systems for policy and practice. The report includes the appendix: Memorandum of Agreement Between WICHE and the Washington Education Research and Data Center (ERDC).
Descriptors: Data, Accountability, Human Capital, Mobility, Pilot Projects, Longitudinal Studies, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Employment, Education Work Relationship, Information Networks, Labor Force Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Interstate Programs
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200; Fax: 303-541-0291; Web site: http://wiche.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii; Idaho; Oregon; Washington