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Using Labor Market Data to Improve Student Success

Community Colleges have a unique opportunity to help students acquire the skills they need to land good jobs with strong wages. One strategy that can help colleges fulfill that goal is to analyze available data to inform alignment of their educational programs to labor market needs and measure the labor market outcomes of their graduates. This guide explains how colleges can improve graduates' labor market success, offering concrete examples and describing six data sets that colleges can use today.

Building a Faculty Culture of Student Success

This guide describes how leading community colleges have created cultures in which faculty members consistently work to reform and improve their teaching in ways that measurably improve student learning. It provides a look at some innovative approaches, including the unusual tenure process at Valencia College - winner of the 2011 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence - which is built around a system that requires faculty members to use data and experiment with their own teaching in ways that aim to improve student learning, and supports them along the way.
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