Research Topics

U.S. Labor Market & Industry

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.

In 2008, the Heldrich Center received funding from Johnson & Johnson to identify and address key workforce needs of the healthcare industry in Central New Jersey. An advisory group including hospitals and other healthcare providers prioritized career awareness for young people as a primary workforce need given expected shortages in key occupations and limited awareness among students regarding the breadth and requirements of healthcare careers.

In 2008, the Heldrich Center calculated employment outcomes for individuals in credit-granting programs at New Jersey’s 19 community colleges for the period from 2002 through 2006 using two existing administrative datasets. This project provided, for the first time, comprehensive information on the employment experiences of both community college graduates as well as the outcomes of those students who attend the colleges — and earn credits — but exit before earning a degree.

In 2011, the Heldrich Center conducted research to understand the demand for green jobs in New Jersey and to assess the development of education and training programs to meet this demand.

From 2009 to 2010, the Heldrich Center partnered with Arizona State University on a project funded by the National Science Foundation to understand some of the broad societal impacts of nanotechnology. The Heldrich Center conducted two studies as part of this initiative that are relevant to postsecondary education, including a census of nanotechnology degree programs in the United States and research with employers in Arizona to understand the demand for nanotechnology degrees and skills.