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During the State of the Union, President Obama drew from the center’s Recovery 2020 report: “by the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education.” We also released College Is Just the Beginning, a report that analyzes the role of employer-provided training in the American education and training system.
The U.S. Census Bureau has proposed to eliminate the collection of data on the undergraduate field of degree from the annual American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is an annual nationwide survey of 3 million households. CEW has relied on the ACS for several research reports on unemployment rates and wages for various college majors.
As we move forward in this recovery, it is important for us to continue dispelling myths related to the economic value of a college education. We also celebrate the great strides made on workforce issues as the president signed the the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law.
In light of what BLS released and the impact these data have on the higher education research and policy arena, CEW sheds some light on the flaws of BLS’ methodology and its paltry results.