Coleridge Initiative

Workforce and Postsecondary Education: Measurement in a Changing Economy

June 28, 2021


Join the Batten School of Public Policy at the University of Virginia and the Coleridge Initiative for this convening which will bring together federal and state policy leaders, researchers and the philanthropic community to begin a conversation around the data infrastructure needed for the design and evaluation of programs connecting working adults to high-value post-secondary credentials.

The Workforce and Postsecondary Education: Measurement in a Changing Economy introductory convening is intended to identify core issues to be addressed in the coming months as the federal government and states craft policy responses to unprecedented changes in the employment situation in the last year. Changing skill demands underscore the need to strengthen the connection between employment services and post-secondary programs. Yet, limited data to measure enrollment of Unemployment Insurance recipients and post-secondary outcomes may impede policy initiatives to encourage high return investments in skills that yield long-run economic security. To view the final report of our March 2021 National Convening: Jobs Data for Evidence-Based Policy and Practice, click here


All times are EDT

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

Welcome and Overview of the Data

11:05 AM - 11:15 AM

Context and Motivation

 Julia Lane, NYU/Coleridge Initiative

Sarah Turner, UVA

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Challenges and Opportunities for Postsecondary Education

 Jordan Matsudaira, Department of Education

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Challenges and Opportunities for Workforce Outcome Measurement

 Chike Aguh, Department of Labor

11:45 AM - 12:05 PM

State Opportunities and Successes: Setting a Stage

 Panel Discussion, State Representatives and the MidWest Collaborative


12:05 PM - 12:15 PM

Introducing a Data Challenge

Nicole Ifill, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

Closing Remarks