Forum on New Jersey's Education, Higher Education, and Workforce P20W Longitudinal Data System

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

On December 1 and 2, 2016, a wide range of national and state experts and policymakers as well as New Jersey K-12 educators, postsecondary educators, workforce development and labor representatives, civic and nonprofit organizations, legislators, business leaders, members of the philanthropic community, and researchers convened to take part in a forum that marked the public launch of New Jersey’s P20W State Longitudinal Data System. Attendees heard presentations and shared their perspectives on how educators, policymakers, and qualified researchers can use state administrative longitudinal data to enhance state policy-making and program evaluation.

Following welcome remarks by Kathy Krepcio, Executive Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and Betsy (Elizabeth) Garlatti, Chief of Staff, New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and New Jersey P20W SLDS Project Director, the forum kicked off with a keynote address from Rachel Zinn, Director of Workforce Quality Campaign. The first panel, "Using Administrative Data, Analytic Techniques, and Technology to Explain Education Outcomes, Connect Job Seekers to Work, and Attract New Businesses" was moderated by William Mabe, Director of Research and Evaluation, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University. This panel featured presentations by Patrick Perry, Chief Information Officer, California State University System; Tiffany Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor; and Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi, Professor and Executive Director, NSPARC/Mississippi State University. The second panel of the day, "Establishing Useful and Effective Integrated Data Systems and Partnerships at the State Level," was moderated by Jeff Stoller, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and included presentations by Meredith Fergus, Manager of Financial Aid Research, Minnesota Office of Higher Education; Elizabeth McGrath, Social Research Executive, North Carolina Department of Commerce; and Kate Akers, Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics.

Day two of the forum began with opening remarks from Aaron Fichtner, Acting Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Peter Shulman, Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Education. Moderated by Peter Woolley, Campus Provost and Senior Vice Provost, Government and Community Affairs, Fairleigh Dickinson University, the first panel of the day was entitled "Establishing Useful and Effective Integrated Data Systems and Partnerships at the State Level: More Lessons from Leading States." Forum participants heard presentations by Joshua Hawley, Director, Ohio Education Research Center, Ohio State University; Ross Goldstein, Executive Director, Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center; and Haden Springer, Senior Program Manager, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness. The forum concluded with the panel, "Using P20W Longitudinal Data and Research to Improve Public Policy, Practice, and Services in New Jersey: A Vision and Investment," which was moderated by Betsy Garlatti. This panel featured remarks from Margaret M. McMenamin, President, Union County College; Assemblyman Troy Singleton, Seventh Legislative District, New Jersey; Dennis Bone, Director, Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, Montclair State University; Jeffrey Swartz, Executive Director, Camden County Workforce Investment Board; and Scott Moffitt, Superintendent, Morris County Vocational School District.

Also available are the proceedings from the forum.

Please click on the name of the panel member to view each presentation.

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Education & Training
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data forum
New Jersey
higher education
state longitudinal data system