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Benbow, Ross J.; Lee, Changhee; Hora, Matthew T. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
Research indicates that teamwork, communication, self-directed learning, and problem-solving skills are strongly linked to individual academic and professional success, yet little is known regarding how college educators and employer trainers learn to better teach or train others in these valuable skills in postsecondary and employment STEM…
Descriptors: STEM Education, College Faculty, Employers, Social Networks
Hora, Matthew T. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
With the increasing price tag of college and rising student debt, the employability of graduates is a dominant narrative shaping postsecondary policy and practice. Yet, completion and the acquisition of a credential alone does not guarantee employment, and research on hiring reveals its subjective aspects, particularly when cultural signals of…
Descriptors: Manufacturing Industry, College Graduates, Employment Qualifications, Personnel Selection
Grundvig, A. Nelse – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
"Skills shortage" is often used to describe the difficulty that can arise when trying to match a ready supply of qualified applicants to open positions. To believe the term accurately describes situations where unemployment rates are low and employers have to compete for skilled workers frames the discussion as an issue of supply and…
Descriptors: Supply and Demand, Job Skills, Employer Attitudes, Labor Needs
Pyne, Jaymes; Grodsky, Eric – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
When planning for college, students face a range of constrained choices governed in part by variation among institutions. What are the economic consequences of those decisions and constraints during and after college? We know borrowing patterns vary by institutional sector, yet colleges within a sector vary considerably by admission and graduation…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Enrollment, Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs
Scaglione, Matías D. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
This paper presents a new approach to the identification of relatively skilled occupations that do not typically require a bachelor's degree for entry. I call this group of occupations Skilled Non-College Occupations (SNCOs). The proposed approach relies heavily on a new skills index based on data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET)…
Descriptors: Skilled Occupations, Employment, Employment Qualifications, Occupational Information
Chin, Mun Yuk; Blackburn Cohen, Chelsea A.; Hora, Matthew T. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
Existing research on the effectiveness of college career services centers (CSCs) has primarily focused on students' rates of utilization and their satisfaction with the programs and services offered. Based on survey (n = 372) and focus group data (n = 35) from undergraduate business students, we found that participants were most satisfied with the…
Descriptors: Employment Services, Career Development, Student Development, Undergraduate Students
Goff, Peter; Carl, Bradley; Yang, Minseok – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
A pervasive challenge for Wisconsin and states across the nation is accurate assessment of teacher labor supplies at the state and local levels. Demand measures based on predictions of changing teacher and student demographics have been wildly inaccurate. This report presents findings on key features of the Wisconsin teacher labor market,…
Descriptors: Teacher Supply and Demand, Public School Teachers, Faculty Mobility, Teacher Education Programs
Hirschl, Noah; Smith, Christian Michael – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
In Wisconsin, racial disparities in K-12 achievement have taken center stage, and justifiably so: the black-white and Hispanic-white test score gap is wider in Wisconsin than in any other state (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2014). However, Wisconsin also sees inequality along economic lines and disparities in postsecondary outcomes,…
Descriptors: College Attendance, Low Income Students, High Schools, Institutional Characteristics
Pyne, Jaymes; Grodsky, Eric – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
Recent efforts to understand aggregate student loan debt have shifted the focus away from undergraduate borrowing and toward dramatically rising debt among graduate and professional students. We suggest educational debt plays a key role in social stratification by deterring bachelor's degree holders from disadvantaged and underrepresented…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs, Loan Repayment, College Students
Goff, Peter; Rodriguez-Escutia, Yasmin; Yang, Minseok – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
Representative bureaucracy suggests that supervisors are representative of their employees based, in part, on shared values and identity. In education, we often observe representative asymmetries among school principals and the teaching faculty, particularly by race. This study explores the ways in which race congruence (or incongruence) between…
Descriptors: Principals, Minority Group Teachers, Whites, Race
Kim, Ahyoung Alicia; Molle, Daniella; Kemp, Jason; Cook, H. Gary – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
High-stakes decisions are often made for English learners in the K-12 context based on their performance on English language proficiency assessments. Although states and districts provide guidelines for making such decisions, little is known regarding how educators actually make decisions at the district and school levels. Understanding these…
Descriptors: Identification, Student Placement, Decision Making, English Language Learners
Derry, Sharon J.; Hackbarth, Alan; Puntambekar, Sadhana – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
Like numerous others before us, we argue that the educational research community would be well served by a mutually created cyberinfrastructure that encourages and supports engagement by multiple design-based researchers in working toward answers to important theory-driven research questions, moving our field toward a "bigger science"…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Internet, Cooperation, Research Methodology
Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
This report is a companion piece to WCER working paper 2018-14, "A Cyberinfrastructure for Design-Based Research: A Collaborative Design Project Proposal." That paper stressed that the educational research community would be well served by a mutually created cyberinfrastructure that encourages and supports engagement by multiple…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Internet, Research Methodology, Information Transfer
Hora, Mathew T.; Smolarek, Bailey B.; Martin, Kelly Norris; Scrivener, Lee – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018
One of the problematic features of the increasingly influential discourse of student employability in higher education is the widespread conception of "skills" as de-contextualized bits of knowledge, ability, and disposition. Instead, how particular competencies are valued, defined, and utilized in practice is deeply shaped by…
Descriptors: Employment Potential, College Students, Communication Skills, Nursing
Hora, Matthew T.; Blackburn Cohen, Chelsea A. – Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2017
The employability of college students is one of postsecondary education's most pressing concerns in the United States and China, especially when it comes to the possible over-production of bachelor's trained students and "skills gaps" where jobs go unfilled due to inadequately prepared graduates. In response, policymakers are focusing on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Capital, Technical Institutes, Employment Potential
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