Building Capacity for Tracking Human Capital Development and Its Mobility Across State Lines

Building Capacity for Tracking Human Capital Development and Its Mobility Across State Lines cover
Year published: 
2015
Month published: 
January
Media type: 
PDF
Number of pages: 
8
Print publication number : 
2A40014AA

Over the past five years as the cost and value of higher education have gained increased policymaker, consumer, and media attention, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has worked with four of its member states to test how cross-state collaboration and data sharing might inform important questions about the development and mobility of human capital. This brief discusses the pilot phase of this project – the Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange (MLDE) – including the process of developing governance structures and cross-state agreements, the importance and feasibility of complying with privacy laws, and some policy-relevant results from the cohort of almost 193,000 high school graduates and first-time college students that were encompassed by the educational and workforce data exchange. Among other things, the MLDE highlights that public policy is better informed when the movement of students and graduates across state lines is factored into the setting and achievement of state workforce and educational attainment goals. The MLDE provides a viable solution for providing the information necessary to do just that.