While we live in an era of ubiquitous data, the nation is without a shared infrastructure for observing how people move across schools and workplaces and accumulate educational credentials. This workstream will feature a series of case examples for how government agencies, educational organizations, non-profits and business firms are building novel collaborations to leverage evidence to improve understanding of educational and employment trajectories.
Our output will be a framework for how to build cross-sector data collaborations to improve practice and build applied science in this sector.
Examining the Value of Nondegree Credentials
a report by the Strada Center for Education Consumer Insights
an overview of a pilot program of the National Student Clearinghouse and partner organizations that matching up industry credential attainment, enrollment and degree data to identify new learner pathways. additional information on this project is here.
How do credentials differ?
a concise document produced by workcred specifying the meanings of the terms certificate, certification, degree, and license.
Postsecondary Value Commission
a major initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to specify the relative value of different kinds credentials offered throughout the national postsecondary ecology.
Workforce and Postsecondary Education: Measurement in a Changing Economy
a 28 June 2021 convening co-sponsored by the Coleridge Initiative and the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The site contains resources directly useful to our ambition for framing a data infrastructure to support working learners.
Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018
College Blackout: How the Higher Education Lobby Fought to Keep Students in the Dark
by Clare McCann and Amy Laitinen
Working Learner College Students: A Diverse Not-So-New Majority
University of Arizona sociologist and higher education researcher Regina Deil-Amen offers an aerial view of how the evolution of the US racial-political economy has substantially grown the ranks of working learners in college, creating new opportunities for individual and institutional transformation, but also new forms of precarity for working learners.
Hiring Working Learners
Northwestern University sociologist Lauren Rivera offers a concise brief on the importance of attending to the the assumptions, beliefs and behaviors of employers as they consider working learners at the point of hire.
Developing Transformative Working-Learner Measurement Infrastructure
UC-Irvine sociologist and education researcher Richard Arum offers a big-picture framework for conceptualizing collaboratively built infrastructure to observe how working learners accumulate skills, credentials, occupational titles and earnings as they move through the life course.