No one knows your programs (and the jobs they prepare students for) quite like you do. That’s why Analyst allows you to customize CIP-SOC mappings, adding or removing occupations to ensure that your reports accurately reflect the career pathways that are relevant for your programs’ graduates. And now, it’s easier than ever to manage and share these mappings across teams! Read the update here and check out the video walkthrough to learn more.
Do your graduates have work opportunities waiting for them post-graduation? As students consider which program to enroll in, they want to know they’ve picked one that will give them valuable skills and lead to high-wage, in-demand jobs. That’s why it’s important for educators to begin with the end in mind when reviewing existing programs or developing new ones. Aligning programs with target occupations that are projected to grow in your region can help you offer students a high-ROI education that equips them to accomplish their career goals.
In the latest sign of a tight labor market, Amazon made headlines again by hosting a nation-wide career day event to help fill 30,000 open jobs. For educators, news like this raises a familiar question: “Are our students and adult learners prepared to seize these opportunities and thrive in these roles?” You may not have an Amazon facility in your backyard, but most institutions have at least one major employer in their region that drives prosperity by offering quality jobs and opportunity for advancement. So, using Amazon as an example, let’s look at how a college or university might identify the needs of a major employer, and use that data to proactively pursue a strategic partnership.
As enrollment across higher education continues to decline, colleges and universities face even greater pressure to bring in new students and offer a compelling return on investment. In this environment, Widener University is proactively using labor market data to offer relevant, responsive programs and ensure long-term financial sustainability.
Most colleges and universities understand the importance of leveraging labor market data to inform program planning decisions—but it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve created the Program Development and Review report—now live in Analyst. It’s a step-by-step workflow to help your institution ask the right questions, find relevant data, and make evidence-based decisions about what programs to offer.
When Madison’s current president, Jack E. Daniels III, arrived in 2013, he wanted to assess whether the college was fulfilling its mission to provide “open access to quality higher education.” This sparked a multi-year process of research and community engagement, culminating in a bold plan to leave their 100-yr old home in downtown Madison and build a new, fully-funded campus in south Madison by fall of 2019—a move that will bring education and opportunity to those who need it most.