A Guide for Using Labor Market Data to Improve Student Success

A Guide for Using Labor Market Data to Improve Student Success

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, 2013

Toolkit Purpose 

This guide aims to advance colleges' understanding of how to access and use labor market data to improve student success. Specifically, the guide addresses how colleges can use labor market data to:
- Decide which programs to offer and how many students to enroll to meet the labor market demand for those credentials;
- Assess program effectiveness in terms of competencies and post-graduation success;
- Help students make informed choices about which programs and Career Pathways to pursue; and
- Demonstrate to the State and other stakeholders that investments in the college are worthwhile, and that resources are being invested to deliver graduates able to contribute to their families, communities, and States.

America Achieves, The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Joyce Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and The W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Intended Audience 
Stakeholders at community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities
Career Pathways Target Population 
Postsecondary students at community colleges and 4-year institutions
Based On 
The examples in this guide come from community colleges, gathered primarily through explorations related to the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

The guide is organized in three main sections:
- A description of how colleges can effectively use labor market data. This section includes examples of successful practices from colleges across the country.
- An inventory of available data sources.
- Recommendations for strategies colleges can use to improve labor market data use and access.

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