Evaluation of Post-Secondary Training Providers in the State of New Jersey

Since 1998, the Heldrich Center has worked closely with the State of New Jersey to design and implement a state-of-the-art consumer report card system for post-secondary training and education programs. The Heldrich Center currently calculates employment and wage outcomes for over 2,000 training programs on a quarterly basis and posts this information on the NJTrainingSystems.org website. (Funded by a grant from the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission and Department of Labor)

Evaluation of New Jersey's Literacy Labs

From 1998 to 2000, the Heldrich Center performed two process evaluations of the newly established literacy labs in New Jersey’s One-Stop Career Centers, to inform the implementation and expansion of the effort. The Literacy Labs, which rely heavily on computer-based learning tools, are the state’s main effort to provide basic skills, literacy, and English as Second Language training to individuals in One-Stop Career Centers. The evaluations used interviews with program staff and stakeholders as well as focus groups with participants.

Evaluation of Essex County College’s STEM Learning Community

From 2009 to 2011, the Heldrich Center conducted a process evaluation of the implementation of a change in Essex County College’s math education to add a recitation section to its first required math course (Algebra) that created a learning community in STEM. The evaluation included interviews with staff, focus groups with students and tutors, and participant observation. The Center has produced several reports with timely feedback for the college.

Evaluation of Essex County College’s Stay-in-Step Academy for Black Males

From 2009 to 2011, the Heldrich Center evaluated the Stay-in-Step Academy, which sought to improve the noncognitive skills of black males at Essex County College. The program’s goal was to boost students’ motivation, their sense of self-efficacy, and other attitudes associated with positive academic and life outcomes. The Center conducted a process evaluation of the program’s implementation based on surveys, interviews, and focus groups.

Evaluation of Essex County College’s Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Formula Grant

The Heldrich Center is evaluating four diverse initiatives at Essex County College in New Jersey that are funded as part of its PBI formula grant: recitation sections for math, a learning community in English and math for remedial students, instruction of professors in how to use computer software to improve instruction in mathematics, and a college preparatory program for individuals who have dropped out of high school. For the mathematics recitation, the Center is conducting a quasi-experimental evaluation of the effect of the recitation on student grades and retention in college.

Evaluation of Essex County College's Stay-in-Step Academy

From 2009 to 2011, the Heldrich Center evaluated the Stay-in-Step Academy, which sought to improve the noncognitive skills of black males at Essex County College. The program’s goal was to boost students’ motivation, their sense of self-efficacy, and other attitudes associated with positive academic and life outcomes. The Center conducted a process evaluation of the program’s implementation based on surveys, interviews, and focus groups.

Atlantic City, New Jersey Regional Economic and Workforce Profile Project

In 2007, the Heldrich Center worked with the Atlantic City-based Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to identify and help address the workforce and economic competitiveness advantages within the Atlantic City, New Jersey region. The Heldrich Center worked with local economic development officials to assess and understand the job demands of the most prominent industries they deemed critical to the development and operation of major development projects planned over the next 10 years, as well as assess and understand the workforce supply available to meet future demand.

The Global Logistics Supply Chain

From 2007 to 2008, the Heldrich Center and the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations studied the effect of information technology on the logistics industry and its workforce, with a particular focus on the Port of New York and New Jersey. The study identified how the logistics chain's rapid transformation restructured its labor markets.

Steady as She Goes? Three Generations of Students through the Science and Engineering Pipeline

In 2009, the Heldrich Center conducted research and produced a report that offered a comprehensive analysis of a major longitudinal dataset to examine the transition of American students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from high school into the labor force. The report generated significant coverage of the STEM issue in nationwide media outlets such as BusinessWeek, Science Magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Education Week. (Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)

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