Shorter Certifications on the Rise

For programs less than two years in length, more students have been opting for awards that take less than a year to complete. The NCES tracks two levels of awards lower than an associate’s degree: (1) certificates less than one year and (2) certificates more than one year but less than two years. From 2012 to 2016,[1] completions[2] for certificates between one and two years in length declined 12.6% while completions for certificates less than one year in length expanded 4.9%.

Sweet Halloween Savings

As Halloween approaches, U.S. consumers are seeing some savings as they purchase candy for October 31st. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures the changing cost of goods and services over time. While the CPI for all goods is commonly known as a measure of inflation, we can use subsets of CPI data to track the price changes of specific goods, such as candy and chewing gum. The price of candy this time of year is the lowest it’s been since 2014. If consumers spend the same amount on candy as the past two years, this may translate to more sweets for trick-or-treaters!

Changes in Labor Statistics Signal Major Occupational Shifts and Impact to Higher Education Credentials

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 12, 2017 – A joint research report released today by UPCEA and Chmura Economics & Analytics reveals a number of major occupational shifts in technology, healthcare, and other industries and their impact on higher education. The study, Occupational Shifts and Higher Education Credentials found a rise in alternative credentialing in the form of certificates, short-term courses, licensing, badges and micro-credentials among adult learners as well as traditional students.

Heartbeats (and eats) of an Economy

In honor of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Workforce Summit/81st Annual Meeting being held October 2017 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, we want to provide attendees and other potential visitors with some essential local knowledge and a few insights related to Coeur d’Alene’s economy.