Dear Friends and Colleagues,
First, I would like to bring attention to an important matter. You might already be aware that the U.S. Census Bureau has proposed to eliminate the collection of data on the undergraduate field of degree from the annual American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is an annual nationwide survey of 3 million households. The Center on Education and the Workforce has relied on the ACS for several research reports on unemployment rates and wages for various college majors.
The elimination of this data is part of a proposal to revise the ACS’s 72-question survey and reduce the time burden placed upon respondents. The move would eliminate the only information that students, parents, and educators can rely on to understand the economic benefits of individual college majors. The U.S. Census Bureau is accepting comments until December 30, 2014. We encourage you to submit comments to Jennifer Jessup in the Department of Commerce (firstname.lastname@example.org
Second, it has been a few months since I joined the center in the capacity of State Initiative Director and I am pleased to have this opportunity to update you on our work. Prior to joining the center, I worked at CLASP (the Center For Law and Social Policy) as part of the postsecondary education and workforce team. While I was at CLASP, I focused on a number of issues, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and development of the performance metrics and data requirements for the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways.
Having worked in different capacities at the intersection of education and employment, I look forward to expanding the center’s efforts to build a multi-state strategy. The goal of this State Initiative is to assist states in the development of information systems that will integrate education and workforce data to improve policies and programs. Business, non-profit and government sectors are increasingly using such data, and we are committed to strengthening and leveraging these efforts.
Third, through this message and on behalf of the Center on Education and the Workforce, I would like to extend our warm wishes during the holiday season. Last year we saw tremendous growth as a center and we tie this success to your support. We thank you for your continued support and for sharing our work.
Director of State Initiative