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|Project QUEST Intervention Report
Project QUEST provides comprehensive support services to help students complete occupational training programs at local community colleges and professional training institutes, pass certification exams, and obtain well-paying jobs in targeted sectors of the local economy. Based on the research, the WWC found that Project QUEST has positive effects on industry-recognized credential, certificate, or license completion; potentially positive effects on credit accumulation; no discernable effects on short-term employment, short-term earnings, medium-term employment, medium-term earnings, and long-term earnings; and potentially negative effects on postsecondary degree attainment.
|Year Up Intervention Report
Year Up is an intervention that provides six months of occupational and technical training in the information technology and financial service sectors followed by six-month internships, together with other supports that ensure students have strong connections to employment. Based on the research, the WWC found that Year Up has positive effects on short-term earnings and no discernable effects on short-term employment, medium-term earnings, industry-recognized credential, certificate, or license completion, or medium-term employment.
|The Effects of Expanding Pell Grant Eligibility for Short Occupational Training Programs: Results from the Experimental Sites Initiative
Pell Grants are the cornerstone of federal financial aid for low-income students enrolled in postsecondary education. Between 2012 and 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) conducted pilots of two experimental expansions to Pell Grant eligibility. The first experiment allowed income-eligible students with a bachelor’s degree, not normally eligible for Pell Grants, to obtain them for short-term occupational training programs. The second experiment allowed income-eligible students to obtain Pell Grants for very short-term programs lasting as little as eight weeks, under the normal minimum of 15 weeks of instruction. This report presents the findings from a study that tested whether these experimental expansions to Pell Grant eligibility were effective. Both pilots improved enrollment in and completion of postsecondary programs, a first step toward improving individuals’ success in the labor market. However, the labor market returns from the two experiments and how these compare to the cost of expanding Pell Grant eligibility—about $1,800 per student in this study—remain important open questions for the future.
|Three-Year Persistence and Attainment Among Subbaccalaureate Occupational Students: 2006 and 2014
This Data Point uses data from the 2006 and 2014 administrations of the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Studies to look at the rate at which students remain in school or attain a credential within three years of their initial enrollment—that is, their persistence and attainment rate.
|Participants in Subbaccalureate Occupational Education: 2012
This Statistics in Brief report examines how many students participate in subbaccalaureate occupational education, the characteristics of these students, their fields of study, and the types of postsecondary institutions in which they enroll.
|Trends in Subbaccalaureate Occupational Awards: 2003 to 2015
This report uses data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to examine trends occupational education at the subbaccalaureate level.
|National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016 Data File User's Manual
The 2016 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES:2016) Data File User’s Manual provides documentation and guidance for users of the NHES:2016 data files, which include data from the Early Childhood Program Participation survey, the Parent and Family Involvement in Education survey, and the Adult Training and Education Survey. The survey program collected information about early childhood care, parental involvement in education, school choice, homeschooling, certifications and non-degree credentials, and adult training. Data files are being released for each of the three surveys and are being released with ASCII, SAS, SPSS, Stata, and R formats available.
|National Household Education Survey Programs of 2016 Public-Use Data Files
Three surveys were fielded in 2016 as part of the National Household Education Surveys Program: the Early Childhood Program Participation survey (ECPP), the Parent and Family Involvement in Education survey (PFI), and the Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES). Data files and documentation can be downloaded directly from the website. Data files are being released for each of the three surveys and are being released with ASCII, SAS, SPSS, Stata, and R formats available.
|National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016 Restricted-Use Data Files
The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES): 2016 restricted-use files include the Early Childhood Program Participation (ECPP) file, the Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI) file, and the Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES) file. Data files are being released for each of the three surveys and are being released with ASCII, SAS, SPSS, Stata, and R formats available.
|Adult Training and Education: Results from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016
This First Look report provides selected key findings on adults' attainment of nondegree credentials (licenses, certifications, and postsecondary certificates), and their completion of work experience programs such as apprenticeships and internships. This version of the report corrects an error in three tables in the originally released version (September 2017). The row header for occupational field in tables 1, 2, and 5 had incorrectly described the estimates as restricted to employed adults. This version corrects that error to specify that the estimates are for adults who were ever employed. All estimates presented in the original report remain unchanged.
|Change in Number and Types of Postsecondary Institutions: 2000 to 2014
This 2-page Data Point uses information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to examine changes in the overall number of postsecondary institutions in the U.S. from 2000 to 2014, and changes in the number of institutions that offer subbaccalaureate occupational education. Changes are also examined for the public, private nonprofit, and for-profit sectors.
|Employment Status of Postsecondary Completers in 2009: Examination of Credential Level and Occupational Credentials
This Data Point uses data from the 2009 follow-up to the 2004 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study to examine the rates of employment among students who do and do not earn a postsecondary credential, and among those who earn a credential in an occupational versus academic field. The Data Point also looks at the percent of students who get a job related to their field of study.
|Persistence and Attainment among Postsecondary Subbaccalaureate Students
This Data Points looks at the 2004-to-2009 rate of persistence and attainment of postsecondary students who were seeking subbaccalaureate credentials in occupational fields of study.
|Trends in U.S. Subbaccalaureate Certificate Seekers: 2003–04 to 2011–12
This Data Point uses data from the 2004, 2008, and 2012 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) to present recent trends in undergraduate enrollment in subbaccalaureate certificate programs in the U.S. postsecondary education system. The Data Point also examines subbaccalaureate certificate seekers’ prior educational attainment and major fields of study.
|The Adult Education Training and Education Survey (ATES) Pilot Study
This report describes the process and findings of a national pilot test of survey items that were developed to assess the prevalence and key characteristics of occupational certifications and licenses and subbaccalaureate educational certificates. The pilot test was conducted as a computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) survey, administered from September 2010 to January 2011.
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