Postsecondary Education and Training

A growing number of jobs require education beyond high school but less than a four-year degree.

Over the past decade, there have been significant innovations in how best to provide this postsecondary education and training, particularly to nontraditional students. (Nontraditional students include those who are juggling school, work, and family responsibilities; have been out of school for many years; need upgrades in basic literacy or math skills; and face challenges completing education and training.) These innovations—funded by governments, foundations, and industry—address ways to structure programs for success, improve access to education and training opportunities, and create new opportunities that meet the needs of target populations.

We assess these innovations in community colleges, career pathway programs, apprenticeship approaches, and education and training supports. Our work informs program operators and designers about how best to meet student needs and helps policymakers decide how to invest public dollars.


Analyzing the Engineering Technician and Technologist Workforce: Data Coverage and Gaps
June 2017 Daniel Kuehn

New Evidence on Integrated Career Pathways
June 2017 Theresa Anderson, Daniel Kuehn, Lauren Eyster, Burt S. Barnow, Robert I. Lerman

Job Training and the Workforce Development System
April 2017 Demetra Smith Nightingale

Investments in the Workforce
May 2017 Norton Francis, Lauren Eyster

TAACCCT Goals, Design, and Evaluation
March 2017 Kelly S. Mikelson, Lauren Eyster, Christin Durham, Elissa Cohen

Federal Investments in Job Training at Community Colleges
December 2016 Lauren Eyster, Christin Durham, Theresa Anderson

Community Colleges: Multiple Missions, Diverse Student Bodies, and a Range of Policy Solutions
August 2016 David Baime, Sandy Baum

Evaluation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program: Descriptive Implementation and Outcome Study Report
June 2016 Alan Werner, Robin Koralek, Pamela J. Loprest, Radha Roy, Deena Schwartz, Ann Collins, Allison Stolte

Bridging the Gap: Exploring the Intersection of Workforce Development and Child Care
May 2015  Gina Adams, Shayne Spaulding, and Caroline Heller

Expanding Economic Opportunity for Young Men and Boys of Color through Employment and Training
February 2015 Shayne Spaulding, Robert I. Lerman, Harry Holzer, and Lauren Eyster


Urban Wire Posts

Should we abandon College Scorecard?
July 2017 Kristin Blagg

Federal and state governments should work together to strengthen public colleges and universities
May 2016 Sandy Baum

Health care employers play a key role in improving worker skills for more rewarding jobs
April 2017 Pamela J. Loprest, Amanda Briggs

Four lessons to help the new secretary of labor build a skilled workforce
March 2017 Shayne Spaulding

Supporting sector strategies through collaboration between state workforce and economic development
December 2016 Amanda Briggs, Lauren Eyster

How 2017's leaders should think about jobs

June 2016 Shayne Spaulding, Lauren Eyster

Expanding opportunity through career pathways and training for middle-skill jobs
June 2016 Pamela Loprest

What you need to know about the new workforce development bill
July 2015 Lauren Eyster

How do we grow our economy when most of the jobs are low wage and low skill?
January 2014 Lauren Eyster

Five ways to help Americans get jobs
January 2014 Shayne Spaulding



Community Colleges since the Great Recession
December 2016 David Baime, Sandy Baum, Lauren Eyster, Dan Phelan, Margery Austin Turner, David Wessel


Related Projects

Bridging the Gap  |  Accelerating Opportunity  |  Health Profession Opportunity Grants  | Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Program | Local Workforce SystemNew Skills at Work Assessment | Financing Public Higher Education