NSHE Notes
by Chancellor Dan Klaich
August 7, 2015

We have reached an important milestone in our ability to use data to improve student success. The Nevada P-20 to Workforce Research Data System enables NSHE to link data with our partners at the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) and the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).

While we have in the past manually produced reports linking data between the agencies, we have never had the collection and dissemination of the data linked into one system shared by all three agencies. The Nevada P-20 to Workforce Research Data System (NPWR) matches and de-identifies individuals from the three agencies enabling research and reporting without compromising privacy laws pertaining to employment and education data.

Linking the data in this manner enables NSHE to produce automated reports and conduct research concerning college and workforce readiness. Reports that will go live as part of the initial implementation include the NSHE Student Completion and Workforce Parts I and II that include the employment of NSHE graduates in the workforce by industry, including average annual wages; continuation rates of high school graduates into postsecondary education by county, high school, and race/ethnicity; high school math enrollment pathways with subsequent NSHE math enrollment; and a DETR report that includes county and statewide wages by industry and includes the most common NSHE degree earned in each industry.

New reports connecting data from all three agencies will continue to be posted on an ongoing basis.

The NPWR will enhance our abilities to extract and analyze education and workforce data. This type of longitudinal data access will be a tremendous tool to identify trends and evaluate the success of our programs in meeting our students' needs, as well as those of the workforce. This is a major accomplishment that has put us in the company of only 19 other states who are using similar interconnected data systems to improve policy and student performance and one of only five who are linking data from all three agencies and sharing reports using that data in a public interface.

The NPWR was made possible by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. That grant ends this year and the partner agencies have applied for a three-year enhancement grant to fund additional reports using this system. Those reports will include workforce supply and demand reports, predictive tools to identify points at which students are being lost through the K-12 and postsecondary education pipeline, analysis of statewide ACT testing and remedial placement, and several other exciting and much needed projects that focus on student success throughout the K-12, higher education, and workforce continuum. The grant awards will be announced in September 2015.

Linda Heiss, senior director of institutional research, along with our partners from NDE and DETR, will be giving a detailed presentation of NPWR at the September Board of Regents meeting.