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Using Employment Data: The Direct Prep Fallacy

Some assume clear links between academic programs and occupations for graduates, which are neatly embodied in the NCES crosswalk between programs and occupations. In theory, they are right. In practice, it is bunk for graduates with a bachelor’s degree.

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Using Employment Data:  The Direct Prep Fallacy

Using Employment Data: The Direct Prep Fallacy

Some assume clear links between academic programs and occupations for graduates, which are neatly embodied in the NCES crosswalk between programs and occupations. In theory,…
Highest Paying Jobs for College Majors

Highest Paying Jobs for College Majors

Gray did a deep dive into lucrative jobs for graduates and while the results are mixed, there is one program overall that wins the day.…
March Higher Education Demand Trends: Results Through February

March Higher Education Demand Trends: Results Through February

Would you be surprised to know that the graduates of this month's featured program become lawyers, judges, elementary school teachers, and more?
Labor Market Forecasts:  How Accurate Are They?

Labor Market Forecasts:  How Accurate Are They?

Many community colleges and other higher education institutions use labor market forecasts to inform decisions on academic programs, faculty hiring, and facilities investments. How accurate…
Health Care, Supply Chain, and Security Dominate Entry-Level Positions

Health Care, Supply Chain, and Security Dominate Entry-Level Positions

Earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. added roughly 678,000 jobs in February, dramatically surpassing many economists’ predictions.
BLS Labor Market Forecasts:  A Weak Foundation for Academic Program Evaluation

BLS Labor Market Forecasts:  A Weak Foundation for Academic Program Evaluation

When evaluating current and new academic programs, community colleges usually focus on the needs of employers, in particular local employers. and fuels local economic growth.