Labor Market Outcomes of New Jersey
County Colleges
Prepared for: New Jersey Council of County Colleges
Trustee Conference...
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
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Background
 New Jersey county colleges:
– prepare the workforce New J...
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
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Purpose of this Effort
 The Heldrich Center, with funding from the Fu...
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
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Questions the Data Can Answer
 How are graduates of the college farin...
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
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Method
 Data
– New Jersey Commission on Higher Education SURE enrolle...
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Outcomes
 Static Outcomes (for all exiters)
– Employment rate (8th
qu...
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Key Facts from the Data
 One in three (35.7%) county college graduate...
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Finding #1. Pre-College Employment
 Six in ten adult (25 or older at ...
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Finding #2. Earnings of Non-Degree Exiters
 After leaving college, ev...
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Finding #3. Graduation Premium
 The earnings growth of graduates, ho...
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Next Steps
 The final report will be completed in Fall 2010.
Colle...
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Labor Market Outcomes of New Jersey County Colleges

  1. 1. Labor Market Outcomes of New Jersey County Colleges Prepared for: New Jersey Council of County Colleges Trustee Conference Funded by: The Fund for New Jersey June 21, 2010 William Mabe, PhD Aaron Fichtner, PhD John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
  2. 2. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 2 Background  New Jersey county colleges: – prepare the workforce New Jersey needs to drive its economy – are a critical means to economic opportunity – have the flexibility to respond to labor market conditions  Little is known about the workforce outcomes of county college graduates.  Two existing datasets, when combined, can produce valuable information on the labor market experiences of county college students and graduates – New Jersey Commission on Higher Education SURE enrollee and degrees conferred files (2001-2006)—degree seeking students only – New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Unemployment Insurance Wage Record data (2000-2007)
  3. 3. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 3 Purpose of this Effort  The Heldrich Center, with funding from the Fund for New Jersey, embarked on this effort to: – Provide detailed information to the county colleges about their programs to assist them in answering programmatic questions – Generate information for policy makers to help with long range planning for the colleges  The project was guided by an Advisory Group consisting of: – Council of County Colleges - Commission on Higher Education – Business and Industry Association – Department of Labor and Workforce Development – State Employment and Training Commission  A committee of Institutional Research directors met with the Heldrich Center throughout the project
  4. 4. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 4 Questions the Data Can Answer  How are graduates of the college faring in the labor market?  How are non-degree exiters of the college faring in the labor market?  Which programs have strong employment outcomes AND which programs have weaker outcomes? - Compared to previous years - Compared to other programs at the SAME college - Compared to the state average for that program  Which programs are preparing individuals for employment in a related industry?
  5. 5. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 5 Method  Data – New Jersey Commission on Higher Education SURE enrollee and degrees conferred files (2001-2006)—degree seeking students only – New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Unemployment Insurance Wage Record data (2000-2007)  Heldrich has matched NJCHE SURE enrollment and degrees conferred records with NJLWD UI wage record data  Outcomes have been calculated for two groups of students: – Graduates – Non-degree exiters
  6. 6. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 6 Outcomes  Static Outcomes (for all exiters) – Employment rate (8th quarter after exit) – Average wages (8th quarter after exit) – Industry of employment – County of employment – Employment status while enrolled  Dynamic outcomes (if age at enrollment > 24) – Comparison of earnings in two years before enrollment with earnings two years after exit  Calculated by: – School – Program (CIP)
  7. 7. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 7 Key Facts from the Data  One in three (35.7%) county college graduates were enrolled in a public college or university in New Jersey within three semesters after graduation  Of those graduates who were NOT enrolled in further education: – Seven in ten (70.2) were employed in New Jersey 8 quarters after graduation. – The graduates who were employed had median earnings of $10,132 in the 8th quarter after graduation.
  8. 8. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 8 Finding #1. Pre-College Employment  Six in ten adult (25 or older at enrollment) county college students are employed BEFORE enrolling in credit programs, with an average annual wage of over $34,000.
  9. 9. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 9 Finding #2. Earnings of Non-Degree Exiters  After leaving college, even non-degree exiters earn more than they did before enrolling: – Earnings two years before enrollment: $23,000 – Earnings two years after enrollment: $26,000
  10. 10. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 10 Finding #3. Graduation Premium  The earnings growth of graduates, however, is much greater than that of non-graduates. Two years after exit versus two years before enrollment: – Graduates: 53 percent higher earnings – Non-degree exiters: 14 percent higher earnings
  11. 11. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 1111 Next Steps  The final report will be completed in Fall 2010. College-specific reports will be distributed to the colleges  The Heldrich Center has established the infrastructure to be able to efficiently calculate these outcomes annually  Specific outcomes to be calculated could be modified to meet the needs of colleges  A meeting could be held in Fall 2010 with interested college leaders to discuss possible future efforts

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