Research Topics

Education & Training

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) maintains a Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS). For over 10 years, NJLWD has contracted with the Heldrich Center to maintain the current WLDS. In 2012, NJLWD was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor under the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (federal WDQI) to support the expansion of the WLDS. To support NJLWD and State of New Jersey efforts, the Heldrich Center is currently working with NJLWD to obtain state administrative data files for WLDS and to manage the data in WLDS to support data analyses.

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.