The impact of college on workforce outcomes has become a central issue in the ongoing debate about the role of postsecondary education in the American economy and society, and community colleges are at the center.
This discussion paper outlined some of the policy considerations interested parties need to consider when examining workforce data about former students. This conversation will continue, and will hopefully be accompanied by changes in policy, and then subsequent changes in the issues needing policy analysis. Clearly, higher education is about more than earnings or economics. But, just as clearly, workforce outcomes are essential aspects of postsecondary education.