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About GEMEnA

The Interagency Working Group on Expanded Measures of Enrollment and Attainment (GEMEnA) consists of staff (see list) from these federal offices:

  • Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Council of Economic Advisers
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education
  • National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation
  • Office of Statistical and Science Policy, Office of Management and Budget
  • Office of the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

NEW! The 60-day comment period for the NHES:2015 full-scale administration of the Credentials for Work Survey (CWS) runs through July 7, 2014. For supporting documents and appendices (questionnaires) please visit http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=ED-2014-ICCD-0071.

Under the leadership of NCES, GEMEnA works to develop and validate national measures of the participation in and credentialing of education and training for work, and to build government-wide consensus for the adoption of these measures in key federal data collections. More specifically, GEMEnA is engaged in a rigorous process of survey item development to validate core items on 1) the attainment of non-degree credentials, including industry-recognized certifications, occupational licenses, and educational certificates, and 2) enrollment in education and training, outside of traditional credit-bearing college coursework, that prepares people for work.

To date, GEMEnA has developed a core set of survey items to measure the prevalence and key characteristics of certifications and licenses, and efforts are underway to deploy these items within the federal statistical system. Development work is continuing on items to measure the attainment of educational certificates, completion of apprenticeships, and enrollment in work-related education and training. The Surveys link lists the federal data collections that use GEMEnA-developed items, including questionnaire items and instruments (where available). The Milestones link provides a timeline of GEMEnA’s work, and the Documentation link includes reports, meeting notes, and other background documents.

To ensure the relevance of GEMEnA's work for answering critical policy and research questions, GEMEnA also meets regularly with a panel of experts and collaborates with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.


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