National Governor's Association's Tracking Graduates into the Workforce

The National Governor's Associaiton (NGA) recently released Tracking Graduates into the Workforce: Connecting Education and Labor Market Data. According to the NGA report, determining whether a state’s postsecondary education and training programs are achieving their goals, governors should be asking the following questions:

• How is the state using data to improve educational system outcomes to benefit workers and employers?

• How is the state using educational and workforce information to improve programs and hold institutions and other state entities accountable for their goals?

• Where do state graduates find jobs?

This paper profiles three promising practices that states have adopted to address these questions in Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington state.  Are these questions that are being asked in your state?  If you are in one of these states, what has been your experience under these practice models?

Mike Cruse

Career Pathways Moderator