Making Higher Ed More Accountable for Student Job Outcomes — from by Rebecca Koenig


Many colleges claim to help students find good jobs—but Texas State Technical College takes that to a new level.

The multi-campus community college has a unique mission and funding structure. It’s not designed to help students study the liberal arts or transfer to four-year universities; instead, it prepares people to work as power linemen and dental hygienists. Its budget from the state of Texas depends on the employment outcomes of its students.

And that’s not simply a question of whether new graduates receive job offers. Instead, Texas State Technical College tracks how its alumni fare in the workforce for five years after graduation, calculating how much more money than minimum wage they earn during that period.