Current Projects

Building the Non-Degree Credential Data Infrastructure: Community College Noncredit Program Analysis Across States

In a project funded by the National Science Foundation, Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) will analyze program-level noncredit data to examine better understand the characteristics of noncredit programs and non-degree credentials and develop a taxonomy to guide future data collection efforts. 

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Pathways into Careers in Information Technology: Community College Student Decision Making About Academic Programs and Jobs

Funded by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program, the project examines how students’ experiences and information resources influence their decision making, particularly early in their enrollment in college, and how that evolves over time.
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Lumina Foundation’s All Learning Counts Initiative Evaluation

Rutgers, Education and Employment Research Center and Brandon Roberts + Associates are partnering to conduct an implementation and outcomes evaluation for the Lumina Foundation’s All Learning Counts (ALC) Initiative that will be conducted over the course of four years.


Multiple Measures of Developmental Education in Colorado

This study is a partnership between the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), Rutgers University, and the University of Michigan: it is examining the use of a self-assessment survey tool in the math and English/reading placement of community college students. The study is a pre and post survey design. 


Pathways to Science and Engineering Professions: Persistence and Career Choice

This study is of the critical choice points in the pathway through education, into an occupation, and onto a career in science and engineering.
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Identifying High Quality Industry Certifications

This brief offers guidance on identifying high quality industry certifications guidance to states and other entities on processes for identifying high quality industry certifications.
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Quality and Decision Making in Community College Non-Credit Education

Guided by the EERC non-degree credential quality framework, this project examines community college non-credit program offerings and how students make choices about these programs and credentials.
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Using Labor Market Information to Improve Program and Credential Quality

Through case studies with a range of institutions – community colleges, four year universities, large and small institutions, and institutions with a mix of liberal arts and workforce-oriented programs – this project seeks to understand the many possible ways these institutions as organizations use labor market data. 
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The Hidden Innovation Infrastructure: Understanding the Economic Development Role of Technician Education in the Changing Future of Work

This research project takes a multi-faceted approach to conceptualizing and examining the economic development role of community college technician education and the ATE program in the context of the changing nature of work.
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Past Projects

Gateway Math Requirements for Workforce Programs

The purpose of this study is to identify how often programs of study in workforce areas have math and English requirements in community colleges in terms of either basic proficiency or completion of gateway courses.
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EU Research Study on Vocational Education: International Perspectives on Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work

This research includes a scan of European practices in vocational education that are replicable in the US.
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A Review of the Literature on Informal Learning

The review examines the numerous ways that informal learning occurs, the benefits and drawbacks of these different forms of informal learning, and the implications for equity.
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Adult College Completion Project

The overarching goal of this program is to shift policies and practices within the Workforce Investment System towards the goal of promoting college completion as a possibility for short-term training for clients and to conduct research to determine what difference college completion makes for both client and performance outcomes in the workforce system.
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Co-location of American Job Centers on Community College Campuses in North Carolina​

This study examines student outcomes at six community colleges in North Carolina that had co-located AJCs on their campuses.
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Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing Program (CHAMP)

Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) is participating as the third-party evaluator for the duration of this grant. EERC will identify critical measures of program implementation and evaluate how successfully outlined project goals are being met.
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The Colorado Online Energy Training Consortium (COETC)

Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) is participating as the third-party evaluator for the duration of this grant. EERC will identify critical measures of program implementation and evaluate how successfully outlined project goals are being met.
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Colorado Sector Strategy Evaluation Case Studies

The 10 case studies below were developed by the Center for Women and Work (CWW) at Rutgers University as part of their program evaluation of the Colorado SECTORS Initiative grants.
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CREAR Futuros Evaluation

From 2015 through 2018, EERC conducted an evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of CREAR (College Readiness, Access and Retention) Futuros 2.0 (CREAR 2.0) a peer mentoring program at operating on 8 college campuses in four states.
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Assessing the Impact of Student Work During College

Using transcript data from a large multi-campus university, combined with student earnings data, this study shows that traditional-age students who worked for pay during college on average earned more after leaving college than similar students who did not work. 
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Consortium for Healthcare Education Online (CHEO)

Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) is participating as the third-party evaluator for the duration of this grant. EERC will identify critical measures of program implementation and evaluate how successfully outlined project goals are being met.
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Clark State Community College Advanced Manufacturing in a Global Economy

Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) is participating as the third-party evaluator for the duration of this grant to develop and reform curriculum to create stackable credentials, improve opportunities for hands-on learning, improve student recruitment and advising, and expand employer engagement.
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Community Health Worker Program Evaluation

The CHW training focuses on health education, health promotion, as well as specific skills for work in underserved, low income and/or non-English speaking communities.
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New Jersey Health Professions Pathways to Regional Excellence Project (NJ-PREP)

Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) is participating as the third-party evaluator for the duration of the grant to develop career pathways, increase opportunities for hands-on learning, improve student preparation, improved student career awareness and advising, and expand employer engagement.
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Richland College Veterans-Focus Engineering Technology

Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) is participating as the third-party evaluator for the duration of the grant to develop and reform curriculum based on industry standards, improve opportunities for hands-on learning, implement student navigator model, recruit students, especially veterans and their families, and expand employer engagement.
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Post-Graduate Earnings, Job Security, and Major Choice Survey

Consistent with this goal, this project examines the following overarching research question: To what extent does earnings information influence students’ earnings expectations and major choice among students? To what extent does this vary by socioeconomic background?
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Higher Education Labor Market Alignment Framework

This research, based on a review of multiple areas of scholarly literature, proposes a working definition, key concepts, and guiding principles for LMA.
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Pathways for Short Term Credentials

This brief looks at Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) in the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).
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The Equity Role of Community Colleges in Career Preparation

This keynote address and issue brief presents career development as a central part of the community college equity mission and examines strategies to promote career development.
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Impact of Mental Health First Aid Training for Fire and EMS

This project explores data gathered before and after a Mental Health First Aid training for Fire and EMS given to fire fighters and fire officers from three New Jersey fire departments (Perth Amboy, Bloomfield, and Carteret).
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Talent Development Center Evaluation

Rutgers EERC conducted a third-party evaluation of a grant-funded effort to build career pathways in healthcare and health-related fields in New Jersey.
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Non-Degree Credential Quality: A Conceptual Framework to Guide Measurement

This paper outlines a broad framework to guide the development of standards and processes to evaluate quality of non-degree credentials. It is intentionally broad to allow stakeholders to identify those elements that are most essential for their purposes, while keeping a few key guidelines in mind. It provides recommendations for key stakeholders to promote the measurement of quality in non-degree credentials.
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Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics Research

A two-pronged mixed methods research study for Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics (TPSE) Math.
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New Workforce Professionals Academy Evaluation

The Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) is conducting an evaluation of the National Council for Workforce Education’s (NCWE) New Workforce Professionals Academy (Academy) funded by the ECMC Foundation.
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Skillful Evaluation

An implementation evaluation that will enable Skillful to learn how well their initiatives are being implemented, identify strengths and weaknesses, and make adjustments to improve their work. EERC applied a mixed method approach, collecting and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data.
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Interstate Passport Program Evaluation

EERC is conducting a study of Interstate Passport® under the U.S. Department of Education’s First in the World Grant Program.  The study, a quasi-experimental design, is designed to meet What Works Clearinghouse Standards with reservations.
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Alternatives to Mathematics Education: An Unprecedented Program (AMP-Up) Evaluation

EERC is conducting a study of AMP-Up for U.S.  Department of Education First in the World grant program at both Bergen Community College (BCC) and Union County College (UCC) – collectively known as Alternatives to Mathematics Education: An Unprecedented Program (AMP-UP).
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Multi-state Longitudinal Data Exchange Evaluation

The project has the goal of linking data from K–12, higher education, and labor sources between U.S. states via a secure and stable exchange process.
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