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Determining the Economic Benefits of Attending Community College: New Directions for Community Colleges, Number 104

ISBN: 978-0-7879-4237-3
116 pages
January 1999, Jossey-Bass
Determining the Economic Benefits of Attending Community College: New Directions for Community Colleges, Number 104 (0787942375) cover image

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Use of administrative databases has enabled higher education coordinating boards to assess the post-college earnings of students who attend community colleges. Some states have developed comprehensive methodologies for tracking the economic success of students in a variety of fields. Not only educators, but also legislators and the public, have begun to focus more attention on employment data as a performance measure for community colleges.

This issue addresses the growing debate surrounding the use of such databases and presents case studies from individual institutions. The chapters discuss various state initiatives that look at student outcomes and institutional accountability efforts and they raise a number of questions. Is there a broad movement to connect accountability and outcome measures with funding? Would a national definition of economic benefit be helpful? How would economic benefit be measured? These are some of the themes addressed in this volume.

This is the 104th issue of the Jossey-Bass seriesNew Directions for Community Colleges.

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Table of Contents

Economic Benefits of a Community College Education: Issue of Accountability and Performance Measures (J. Sanchez & F. Laanan).

From Performance Reporting to Performance-Based Funding: Florida's Experiences in Workforce Development Performance Measurement (J. Pfeiffer).

Translating Data into Useful Information and Knowledge (L. Seppanen).

Collaborative Administrative Record Matching in California (C. Wiseley).

Measurable Outcomes of Workforce Development and the Economic Impact of Attending a North Carolina Community College (L. Gracie).

Partnering to Identify and Support High-Wage Programs (K. Hutchison, et al.).

Institutional Level Implementation: Translating Research into Current Practice (F. Carvell, et al.).

Descriptive Analysis of Students' Post-College Earnings from California Community Colleges (F. Laanan).

Looking Ahead: A National Measure of Post-Community College Earnings (J. Sanchez).

Employment and Earnings Outcomes: New Perspectives (D. Stevens).

Sources and Information: Economic Benefits of a Community College Degree (E. Foote).

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Author Information

JORGE R. SANCHEZ is director of the district vocational education and institutional research at Coast Community College District in Costa Mesa, California. FRANKIE SANTOS LAANAN is senior research analyst of vocational education and institutional research at Coast Community College District in Costa Mesa, California.
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