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CEW Spring 2016 Newsletter
Dear Friends of the Center: 

As we work on a number of upcoming reports, we are also keeping an eye on the developing presidential campaign, and how higher education and labor policy might change under a new president.

In my memory, this is the first election when K-12 is not the most talked-about education issue. Rather, higher education is, whether it is talk about free college, caps on tuition growth, or placing limits on student indebtedness. We believe that no matter who wins, we are on the brink of some fundamental policy shifts in Washington, brought about by public demand for consumer information, accountability, and transparency.

Policy changes will not be limited to Washington. State governments, still recovering from dramatic drops in receipts during the Great Recession, have a diminished ability to resume their previous funding levels for higher education. Meanwhile, states have gotten more than $700 million in the last five years or so in Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems grants to build out databases that will allow them to match educational records with labor market outcomes.

This convergence of access to new data and financial pressure to be more efficient will lead to states creating finance systems for higher education that will give incentives to universities for producing graduates with degrees that are in demand in their local labor markets.

While this will not preclude college’s role in producing well-rounded and sophisticated citizens, these kinds of incentive-based funding structures are unavoidable, under either a Republican or Democratic administration. The cost structures of higher education are not supportable if we don’t make changes. In addition, colleges and universities must embrace a greater role in resolving the misalignment between labor supply and demand. We all have a stake in assuring that prosperity be spread more widely. The new administration, no matter who leads it, will be looking for policies that encourage that.

We are always looking for ways to make our data and research more useful and easier to find. Please let us know if you have any ideas for improving what we are doing. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our work.

Sincerely,
Martin Van Der Werf
Associate Director, Editorial and Postsecondary Policy

Diversity Initiative Webpage Launch
We have redesigned our Diversity Initiative webpage to better allow our users to sort and select the different resources they need on research related to race, class, and gender. Visit the page to view a range of content including infographics, reports, PowerPoints, webinars, and more.

Poetry Contest
In honor of National Poetry Month in April, we hosted a poetry contest on the intersection of school, work, and career. Students ages 13 and older were invited to share their poetry for a chance to be featured on our social media channels and our newly-redesigned Diversity webpage. In addition, each entrant received a certificate of participation. Visit the page to read the winning submission.

New Staff Member
We welcome Wendy Chang to our communications staff. In her role as digital design and production specialist, Wendy will be responsible for website development and publication design. Speaking of the website, if you visit our homepage, you will notice we modified the design to help users more easily access information.
Credentialing Summit
GW Career Service Council Meeting
CUNY Annual Policy Lecture
On February 17, our Director Anthony Carnevale was the keynote speaker discussing the future of credentials at the first-annual Summit on Innovating Academic Credentials hosted by Parchment and Connecting Credentials.
On March 22, our Chief Economist Nicole Smith spoke to George Washington's Career Service Council and Career Staff about the findings from our Learning While Earning: The New Normal report.
On April 5, our Director Anthony Carnevale gave a lecture on the evolution of higher education at the City University of New York (CUNY) Annual Policy Lecture.
publications
African Americans: College Majors and Earnings

February 8, 2016- This report shows African Americans are highly concentrated in majors related to human services and community organization occupations. The highest paying detailed major among African Americans is pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences and administration with median earnings at $84,000.
Women
Nursing
Women make 79 cents to the dollar of their male counterparts. This report digs into the reasons of the gender wage gap and shows the importance of a college major and occupation choice.
This report breaks down the characteristics of nursing professionals and includes analysis by speciality, salary, and demographic.
 Want to know more about the importance college majors play in earnings, especially among African American students? Read this The Wall Street Journal article to learn more.
Patricia Cohen quotes Anthony Carnevale in the New York Times, saying that there should be much more information available to students about employment and wage prospects before they choose a college major.
More African Americans are earning college degrees than ever before, but they’re over-represented in majors that lead to low-paying jobs. Read more in this PBS Newshour article referencing our African American Majors report.
While there has been an increase in college access among African Americans, they are still highly concentrated in low-paying majors. Read more in this NBC Newsarticle citing our African American Majors report.
Some degrees pay off in career success more than others. Read more in this Bloomberg article.
This Forbes article quotes Anthony Carnevale and Nicole Smith on the importance of STEM degrees.
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