Mapping Postsecondary and Workforce Information Gaps in State Data Systems

Published Jul 28, 2016

by: Amanda Janice Roberson & Jenna Leventoff, WDQC

In partnership with the Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)PostsecData released an infographic, Mapping Postsecondary and Workforce Information Gaps in State Data Systems that explores the data that exists in and is missing from State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS).

Over the past decade, most states have built individual State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) that match data from different sources about individuals over time, allowing stakeholders to see how combinations of courses and programs can help students access credentials, employment, and higher earnings. However, there are still significant gaps in the data. While there are challenges to filling in the information gaps, stakeholders need these privacy-protected data to understand how individuals progress through K-12, postsecondary education, training, social service programs, and the workforce.

To learn more about the data that do and do not exist in SLDS and to view the infographic, please see the attached PDF.

View the PDF to see the infographic.