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August 24, 2015 – National Governors Association

WASHINGTON—Using data to track recent graduates in the workforce helps ensure postsecondary education institutions are preparing graduates for successful careers, according to a report released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).

Accurate information gleaned from education and workforce data is key to well-functioning labor markets. With the platform to guide public education and economic development, governors play a pivotal role in the success of their state’s labor market.

Tracking Graduates in the Workforce: Connecting Education and Labor Market Data looks at questions governors can ask when evaluating postsecondary education and training programs in their state. The report also profiles several successful programs already in place throughout the country.

“Tracking graduates’ success in the workforce helps employers and employees make important decisions about hiring, wages, training and more,” said Hawaii Gov. David Ige. “As governors, we can help make sure our postsecondary programs and workforce training programs are using data effectively and efficiently to improve graduates’ chances of finding and keeping good jobs.”

To evaluate postsecondary education and training programs, governors should consider:

  • How their state is using data to improve educational system outcomes to benefit recent graduates, workers and employers;
  • How the state is using education and workforce data to improve postsecondary programs and hold institutions and other state entities accountable; and
  • Where recent graduates have successfully found employment.

To learn more about the NGA Center for Best Practices Education Division, please visit http://www.nga.org/cms/center/edu.

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