A Guide for Using Labor Market Data to Improve Student Success

This guide aims to advance colleges’ understanding of how to access and use labor market data to improve student success. The three sections that follow provide:

  • A description of how colleges can effectively use labor market data.
  • An inventory of available data sources.
  • Recommendations for what colleges can do to improve labor market data use and access.


The examples in this guide come from community colleges, gathered primarily through explorations related to the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. However, four-year colleges are also facing budget challenges and increasing expectations to deliver measurable results. Against this backdrop, this guide can also assist four-year colleges as they seek to understand labor market outcomes for bachelor’s degree programs.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program Staff