It’s been a while since we’ve brought you an update on relevant research from the field. There’s so much to cover we’ve broken it into two parts.
A Look at Postsecondary Education
From the New America Foundation, researcher Mary Alice McCarthy challenges the artificial distinction between education and training and calls for “upside-down degrees” to reinvent the outdated concept of what the postsecondary education experience can be.
McCarthy offers reforms to state and federal education policies to create this flipped paradigm. She also points to states and institutions that are building pathways to four-year degrees that start with a career-training program. Others are developing “applied” bachelor’s degrees to help students build on and extend their technical expertise.
Other postsecondary-focused research:
- The New York Federal Reserve has a report taking a closer look at unemployed college graduates and found that those who major in more technically oriented, occupation-specific fields have much lower underemployment rates than their peers in more general fields.
- Columbia University’s Community College Research Center looks at institutional and state effectiveness in helping students transfer from community college.
Research from the Center for Education and the Workforce
New from Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce (CEW), you can take advantage of their new State Initiative, which is a portal to help states use data more effectively to inform policy and planning around education and careers.
Don’t miss CEW’s other new reports:
- The economic value of college degrees in Pennsylvania as well as a look at the Iowa workforce, where 68 percent of all jobs by 2025 will require postsecondary education and training.
- The lingering pain of the Great Recession and an examination of how the labor market’s recovery.
Andrea Zimmermann, State Policy Associate