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SHEEO Communities of Practice: Aligning Postsecondary Education and the Workforce

Tue, Dec.03, 2019

Le Meridien Denver

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) is pleased to announce the continuation of its Communities of Practice project. This multi-faceted project promotes the effective use of state postsecondary data systems and provides a forum for states to work on solutions to common issues with those systems. Thanks to generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), teams from 35 states participated in Communities of Practice during the first two years of the project.     SHEEO will hold the next in an on-going series of Communities of Practice convenings December 3-4, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. This two-day meeting will provide an opportunity for state researchers, policy analysts, and workforce practitioners to address shared challenges related to using state data systems to define, measure, and publicize workforce outcomes for postsecondary education.     The Community of Practice will explore topics such as:    
  • Increasing state capacity to utilize linked postsecondary and workforce data
  • Making information on employment outcomes available and useful to consumers
  • Aligning educational output with workforce demand
  • Defining and measuring credentials of value
  • Emerging standards related to non-credit instruction, and academic and industry certifications
  • Developing partnerships with business and industry
    The Aligning Postsecondary Education and the Workforce Community of Practice will include teams from up to 15 states, SHEEO staff, BMGF staff, and subject-matter experts from other national education and workforce policy organizations. This convening will launch an on-going network for Community of Practice members to share information and workshop solutions with their counterparts in other states. In 2020, SHEEO will convene one or multi-state regional convenings to extend the work of the Community of Practice.     State teams should be comprised of three to four members with responsibility for state data systems, institutional research, policy analysis, or workforce development (multi-sector or cross-agency teams are encouraged). The BMGF will defray all travel costs related to attending the convening.
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SHEEO Communities of Practice: Developing Guided Pathways and Financial Aid Metrics in State Data Systems

Wed, Apr.17, 2019

The Maxwell Hotel

SHEEO will hold the fifth in a series of Communities of Practice convenings April 17-18, in Seattle, Wash. This two-day meeting will provide an opportunity for state researchers and policy analysts to address shared challenges related to developing and including metrics relevant to guided pathways and financial aid in state postsecondary data systems.   The Community of Practice will address questions such as:  
  • Given the proliferation of guided pathways models, what kinds of metrics should states be developing to determine which models are most effective and how to bring them further to scale?
  • How can states measure gateway course completion and other momentum metrics?
  • What kinds of metrics should states develop regarding financial aid, affordability, and the financial health of students and graduates?
  • How can states measure debt, unmet need, and repayment status?
  • For all of these metrics, how should states use their postsecondary data systems to disaggregate outcomes for low-income students, students of color, rural students, and older adults?
  • How can states appropriately use FAFSA data?
The Guided Pathways and Financial Aid Metrics Community of Practice will include teams from six to eight states, SHEEO staff, BMGF staff, and subject-matter experts from other national education policy organizations. This convening will launch an ongoing network for Community of Practice members to share information and workshop solutions with their counterparts in other states.
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Modeling and Visualization in Support of State Attainment Goals

Thu, Jan.31, 2019

Grand Hyatt Denver

The second “Modeling and Visualization in Support of State Attainment Goals” Community of Practice convening will be held January 31 and February 1, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. This two-day meeting will provide an opportunity for state researchers and policy analysts to address shared challenges related to setting and supporting progress toward educational attainment goals. State teams will receive professional development and technical assistance regarding data modeling and visualization in support of those goals. The convening will include teams from 17 states, SHEEO staff, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation staff, and subject-matter experts from other national education policy organizations.
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