RUTGERS Edward J, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy


Presentations on Community Colleges and the Labor Market

Heldrich Center researchers Jennifer Cleary and Dr. Michelle Van Noy recently presented, “A Framework for Understanding Labor Market Alignment in Higher Education” at the Council for the Study of Community Colleges’ annual conference. Amidst pressure to promote successful employment outcomes among graduates, higher education institutions, particularly community colleges, are facing pressure to improve labor market alignment. However, labor market alignment is a concept without a clear definition. This presentation offered a comprehensive framework for understanding labor market alignment with a focus on community colleges, and assessed current research and practice on the issue and provided recommendations for future research. View their presentation. 

Additionally, Cleary and Van Noy, along with Michael Metzgar, executive director of the Workforce Development Program at Raritan Valley Community College, presented at the American Association of Community Colleges’ conference. Their presentation, “Aligning Higher Education with the Job Market: Innovative Ideas for Designing Strategies and Measuring Success,” explored ways that labor market alignment can be defined, implemented, and measured in community colleges. It also explored concepts critical to understanding alignment, how particular strategies contribute to outcomes, and lessons on implementation. View Cleary and Van Noy's presentation and download Metzgar's presentation.

Getting to Know You: Jocelyn Elise Crowley

Jocelyn Elise Crowley is a senior faculty fellow at the Heldrich Center and professor at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. In this new interview, she discusses her research, teaching, and workplace flexibility policies.

Did You Know?

The Heldrich Center, founded in 1997, provides an independent source of analysis for reform and innovation in policymaking. The Center conducts research and evaluation projects to identify best practices in workforce development and employment and workplace policy. The Center’s evaluations are grounded in an understanding of a program’s core objectives, use cutting-edge methods, and provide ongoing feedback for program staff to improve program processes and outcomes.

The Heldrich Center offers an experienced evaluation team trained in a variety of disciplines, including economics, organizational psychology, sociology, political science, and public policy. Evaluators are well versed in customized mixed methods, calculating student outcomes, and comparison group analysis.

To learn more about the Center’s evaluation capacity, contact Bill Mabe, Ph.D., director of research and evaluation, at 732.932.4100, x6210.



Van Horn Promoted to Distinguished Professor

By action of Rutgers University’s Board of Governors, Dr. Carl Van Horn, the founding Director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, was recently promoted to the position of Distinguished Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

According to Rutgers’ Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, “the designation of a distinguished professorship is reserved for ‘faculty who achieve scholarly eminence in their academic disciplines and fields of inquiry.’” One of the highest honors given to faculty at Rutgers, Distinguished Professors “have demonstrated outstanding scholarly accomplishments by earning significant recognition…both nationally and internationally” for their contributions in their academic disciplines.

The author or editor of 17 books and over 100 scholarly articles and reports on American public policy and the labor market, Van Horn’s most recent book is Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013).

During the 2013-14 academic year, he is a Visiting Non-Resident Scholar with the Federal Reserve Bank.

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The Heldrich Center and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City are partnering on an exciting project that will result in a national conference and an edited book in 2014. Read more.

Now Open: Registration for Workforce Development Conference

Join the Atlanta and Kansas City Feds along with the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University for the conference Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Polices for the 21st Century. The event will take place October 15–17.

Workforce development and labor market issues have come to the forefront as the nation continues its recovery from the Great Recession. National experts will share their perspectives on transformative education and workforce development strategies and policies to:

Improve opportunities for job seekers, students, and workers, especially those who face the greatest difficulties in the labor market

Meet the needs of employers and society for a highly skilled, well-educated, competitive, and productive workforce

Deliver effective and efficient solutions that can be adopted by federal, state, or local/regional governments as well as by educational institutions, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Who should attend: Workforce development providers, postsecondary educators, federal, state, and local policymakers, community-based organizations, researchers, lenders, the philanthropic community, and students are encouraged to attend.

Conference Hashtag: #WDPolicy14

Register today for this conference before the early bird deadline of Friday, July 18 and save $50.


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