The project provides a framework for understanding labor market alignment efforts across postsecondary education, providing a common language and key insights for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to develop better policies and practices. Further, this project assesses what is known based on current research and practice on LMA to provide guidance on moving from policy to action, as well as charting out priorities to future research to guide ongoing LMA efforts.
The Heldrich Center is examining the role of labor market outcomes data in students' decision making about majors and careers. Through survey experiments, the research examines the effects of how these data are presented and how these effects vary by student characteristics.
In partnership with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), the Heldrich Center is providing training and technical assistance to teachers, school counselors, and administrators on the New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJ CAN) website. NJ CAN is a comprehensive college and career readiness web-based resource that allows students to take personal assessments and career and interest inventories to better understand themselves and navigate their educational experiences in middle school, high school, and postsecondary education.
The Heldrich Center is working with New Jersey City University (NJCU) on a project designed to inform the development of the internship program and curriculum review in NJCU’s new business department. The goal of this effort is to help NJCU obtain the data and information they need to better align curricula and internship programming with the local labor market.
The Heldrich Center, in partnership with the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, is conducting a study to understand the workforce composition of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) and to identify best practices in recruiting and retaining females and underrepresented minorities in key professional positions. To do this, the research team is conducting a thorough literature review to identify best practices within and outside of the transportation industry.