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Community College Center's New Unit to Study Post-College Jobs and Salaries

The New Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE) won federal funding to study employment and earning outcomes for various postsecondary studies and programs.
A new research body, the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE), housed and led by TC’s Community College Research Center (CCRC), will examine long-term employment and earning outcomes for students attending a variety of postsecondary institutions both statewide and nationally. CAPSEE is funded by a grant of nearly $10 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

Led by CCRC director Thomas Bailey, and in collaboration with the University of Michigan, CNA, and scholars at Harvard, Stanford, the City University of New York, and the University of North Carolina, CAPSEE will provide much needed insight into labor market outcomes for short-term occupational degrees, non-credit workforce programs, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees.

In addition, CAPSEE researchers will conduct a comprehensive national study comparing employment and earnings outcomes for students attending for-profit versus public colleges and universities and the first longitudinal study of outcomes for students participating in the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program.

CAPSEE will use data from five states (North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, and Florida) to track relationships between postsecondary education and employment outcomes in two broad areas: labor market returns and institutional and public policies.  Regarding labor market returns, CAPSEE researchers will examine the impact of a broad range of educational pathways in 2- and 4-year colleges. Regarding policy issues, CAPSEE researchers will evaluate a series of initiatives aimed at improving student outcomes, including policies designed to help students choose among educational pathways and incentives created to push students toward specific occupational programs.

In addition to its focused program of research, CAPSEE (in cooperation with IES) will engage in national leadership activities relevant to postsecondary education and employment. The center will run workshops on how to conduct research linking administrative data to employment data and host conferences open to the public.

To learn more about the center and the scope of the research, please visit:

Published Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011


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