States as a Model Employer (SAME) of People With Disabilities Community of Practice

The Heldrich Center will work with Cornell University to develop a "Community of Practice" (CoP) of state officials who share a common interest in initiating, developing, and expanding efforts to make their states “model employers” of individuals with disabilities. The initiative is based on the understanding that there is significant value to states learning from each other with regard to employing people with disabilities and having a forum in which to connect colleagues in this area.

Evaluation of the RN Transitions into Practice Residency Model for Long Term Care Program

The Heldrich Center is evaluating a 12-month nurse residency model in NJ Long Term Care (LTC) facilities for new RN graduates. The program identifies that in contrast to acute care environments, nurse residency programs have not been offered in long term care environments, contributing to high turnover and attrition rates, and reduced care for LTC residents. This program will address current problems in LTC facilities and educate 50 preceptors and 50 new RN graduates with the goal of improving care and reducing re-hospitalization rates for LTC residents.

Evaluation of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Personalized Student Learning Plan (PSLP) Pilot

The Heldrich Center is under contract with the New Jersey Department of Education to conduct a process evaluation of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Personalized Student Learning Plan pilot program. The evaluation, using a variety of methodologies, is designed to assess the implementation of PSLP plans in the 16 (middle and high) school pilot sites, collect objective performance measures and perceptual outcomes, and identify promising practices that can be used to inform the possible expansion of PSLPs in other schools throughout New Jersey.

Older Workers, Rising Skill Requirements, and the Need for a Re-envisioning of the Public Workforce System

The Heldrich Center is working with the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) on a paper that discusses the challenges facing older workers in accessing services under the public workforce system. The research brief will be included in CAEL’s final report to the U.S. Department of Labor, the culmination of CAEL’s role in providing technical assistance to the USDOL Aging Worker Initiative pilot sites.

Case Studies of Nonprofit-Postsecondary Educational Partnerships to Help Students with Disabilities Complete Postsecondary Education and Find Employment

The Heldrich Center is currently examining colleges’ programmatic structures to support students with disabilities and the experiences of students in college programs. The study includes: interviews with students who have successfully completed an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, or a career certificate; site visits with colleges/universities and cross-site learning meetings; financial and service case studies of individual participants; and operational case studies of colleges and the services offered to students with disabilities.

Research to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on their Voice of Business on the Mature Workforce

In 2005, the Heldrich Center worked closely with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its Center for Workforce Preparation (CWP) to look more closely at challenges its members were facing in light of an aging U.S. population and aging workforce. During this engagement, the Heldrich Center provided Chamber members with advance findings of a nationwide survey on retirement options as part of their ‘Voice of Business on the Mature Workforce’ conference. The final report, A Work-Filled Retirement, attracted widespread national and international media attention when it was released in August.

Research for the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College

From 2008 to 2010, the Heldrich Center prepared several papers for the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College exploring older worker unemployment. The first, Older and Out of Work: Trends in Older Worker Displacement (September 2008), explored the impact and scope of unemployment and worker dislocation on older Americans, in particular those who need to work for economic reasons.

Evaluation of the EmployMe! Training Program for People with Disabilities

From 2007 to 2009, the Heldrich Center conducted an evaluation of the EmployMe program established by the New Jersey Institute of Technology under a grant from the Henry R. Kessler Foundation. The EmployMe! program provided training to individuals with disabilities to help them obtain information technology jobs. The Center’s evaluation featured a quasi-experimental design that compared the employment outcomes of participants with those of similar individuals who did not participate in the program.

Work Trends Survey of Recent College Graduates

In 2011, the Heldrich Center conducted a nationally representative survey of 571 graduates from four-year colleges and universities from the classes of 2006 through 2010 to examine the difficulties young people encountered as they entered a volatile labor market. The survey yielded several notable findings. While graduates are satisfied with their decision to complete a four-year degree, a large percentage reported they are struggling to find full-time, permanent jobs with benefits that will lead to fulfilling careers.