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Strengths and Weaknesses of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System From NCES

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This article is part of series of blog posts that details the strengths and weaknesses of prominent labor market and education data sources. In this post, we review the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) program, which collects data from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in federal student financial aid...
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EMSI 2015.2 Data Now Available


EMSI’s latest quarterly release, 2015.2, is now available to Analyst clients. The most significant changes in this release are updated versions of certain data sources. Updated Data Sources in This Release Current Employment Statistics (State/Metro Release), March 2015 (BLS). This dataset helps us form an estimate of 2014 annual job averages ahead of final, detailed figures from QCEW....
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Which Colleges and Universities Have the Highest Veteran Enrollment?

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Do veterans tend to enroll at community colleges or universities? Online or in person? Are the top schools for veteran enrollment concentrated in certain parts of the country? The answers to these questions can help talent acquisition professionals locate veterans who fit into their recruitment strategies....
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Workforce Development Programs at Monroe Community College Pushed to Next Level by $320K Grant

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The Monroe Community College Foundation received a $320,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to expand upon the college's Measuring Middle-Skill Occupational Gaps Within the Finger Lakes Economy report---a cutting-edge, comprehensive, online document that uses labor market data to measure skills gaps in the Rochester, New York, region. The report will be transformed into an online...
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Giving Students a ‘Fighting Chance’: How Cerritos College Aligns CTE Programs With Industries Thirsty for Talent


Sometimes the best offense is a good defense. Certainly this been the case for Cerritos College the past few years. Poised on the edge of Los Angeles and Orange counties with a 52-square-mile service area, the college has used EMSI’s labor market data to sharpen its career and technical education (CTE) programs in order to stay both competitive in a college-saturated region and relevant in an age increasingly skeptical of CTE’s...
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Student Completion at Sinclair Community College Sees 75% Increase Thanks to These Steps

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Since 2000, Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, has been working to systematically improve student success—an effort that has paid off with much higher completion rates. In fact, last week, Inside Higher Ed recognized the college for its impressive 75% increase (24 percentage points) of completions between 2003 and...
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New Analyst for Canada

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Today, we are pleased to announce the release of the new, redesigned Analyst for Canada, featuring EMSI’s comprehensive labour market data in a simplified, more intuitive interface so that using the data is faster and easier than ever. We are very excited to deliver this refined version of our flagship tool and are confident it will enhance our clients’ ability...
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