Better Data on High-School-to-College-Transitions with SLEDS


The good news is, Minnesota has developed a data system to answer these questions. The Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System, or SLEDS, brings together student data from pre-kindergarten through completion of higher education and into the workforce. By bridging existing data with other new data, a range of questions can be answered to gauge the effectiveness of current programs and design improvement strategies to help students.

Job Advice for New College Graduates


by Rachel Vilsack Recent reports on college graduates’ prospects in the job market are grim. Unemployment and underemployment of graduates rose during the Great Recession and continue to remain high. In 2012, Minnesota teens and young adults had the highest unemployment rates at 18.6 percent for teens (age 16 to 19) and 7.7 percent for … Continue reading Job Advice for New College Graduates

Save Time and Money on the Way to a Degree


by Jamie Buss Last month, this blog announced a new national website to explore health care careers – the Virtual Career Network.  But you don’t have to be interested in health care to benefit from this site. In fact, one of its unique features is a Prior Learning Assessment aimed at helping adults with several … Continue reading Save Time and Money on the Way to a Degree