Despite a challenging enrollment environment across the country, Waubonsee Community College (WCC) is thriving by prioritizing data-driven program development. In 2018, WCC made Toni Ford the college’s first full time Program Development Coordinator. Learn how Ford’s team is using labor market data to identify high-wage, high-growth jobs and create programs that set students up for success.
Emsi is excited to announce the upcoming Workforce Collaboration Summit on September 26 in Gainesville, FL. This unique, one-day event will bring together leaders from higher education, economic and workforce development, and private industry—all with one shared mission: helping Florida’s workforce thrive in the modern economy.
In light of an ever-changing regulatory, economic, and competitive landscape, schools like Essex County College, which served over 20,000 credit and non-credit students last year at several locations in northeast New Jersey, are continuously evaluating the relevance of their programs – revamping some, scaling back others, and sometimes starting new programs from scratch. These are important decisions with far-reaching effects. And while anecdotes and intuition have their place, the administration at Essex also understands the value of data.
Data isn’t everything. It isn’t autonomous. But data has given Creighton University a foundation for a uniquely collaborative approach wherein marketing, admin, and faculty work together to evaluate programs and address skills gaps—an approach centered on ground-truthing the data…with real people.
Under the direction of Dr. Meyer, Chancellor, Michigan’s Oakland Community College (OCC) has created and tested a method to measure and meet needs in their community. Using this method—outlined in a recently published article in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice—OCC has a reliable framework and formula for program planning decisions.