Planning for Higher Education Programs: Effectively Using Data and Modeling to Understand Workforce Needs

Educators and policymakers responsible for planning degree and certificate programs have a wide range of quantitative and qualitative workforce data available to support their decision making. Although the use of this information is usually limited to managing ongoing programs, these data also can contribute to supporting broader scans of occupations and fields of study in which new programs might be needed. This brief provides recommendations to stakeholders in Texas that also might be useful to educators and policymakers in other states who would like to use workforce data to more effectively and strategically develop, manage, and evaluate degree and certificate program
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