Making Change Manageable
All of us are working to implement some kind of new product, process, or program; however, some of these changes are implemented more successfully than others. In this webinar, Mary V.L. Wright, Senior Program Director, Jobs for the Future presented a framework for managing complex change within organizations. She was joined by Dale Allen, Ph.D., Vice President at Quinsigamond Community College, who provided insight into how successful change management was key to implementing the Massachusetts Community Colleges and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda—a coordinated effort among the Commonwealth's 15 community colleges to assist trade impacted and other eligible residents to attain degrees, certificates, or industry-recognized credentials in two years or less.
Infusing Employer Needs into Instructional Programs
The alignment of postsecondary education with the economy's direction and employment opportunities has never been more critical. Recent survey results from Gallup highlight employers' opinion that higher education is not graduating students with the skills required. This webinar focused on how colleges can use labor market information as part of the effort to create greater congruence between postsecondary programs and the workforce. Participants learned processes to translate data from both traditional and real-time labor market information into programs that better reflect employer needs and help students make smart choices while using limited resources.
Using Labor Market Information in Decision Making
This webinar brought together a group of experienced community college LMI users and drew on their collective insight and to collaboratively explore solutions to their most pressing LMI issues. We focused on the challenges that colleges face when using data to understand emerging occupations that are not often well classified, as well as exploring the virtues and limitations of predicting employment demand.
Improving Higher Education Outcomes in the United States
Colleges are facing increasing pressure to demonstrate the labor market value of investments in their training programs. Gainful employment regulations are looming, a bipartisan Student Right to Know Before You Go Act has been introduced to the Senate, and the White House has published a College Scorecard evaluating student loan default rates and employment outcomes. Given this environment of scrutiny, colleges will need to build capacity to collect stronger student outcome data and monitor regional labor markets to ensure that their program offerings align with employer demand. The purpose of this discussion was to have some of the evaluators behind these types of scorecards share insight into how colleges can structure student data and use labor market resources to better position themselves for impending legislation.
Stories from the Field
This webinar describe why and how colleges utilize real-time labor market information as a complement to traditional sources of LMI. We touched on how colleges are using data to understand emerging occupations that are not often well classified, and how colleges are measuring the relationship between education and employment, as well as predicting employment demand, virtues, and limitations.