The goal of this report is to explore “Texas’s future workforce needs that would help inform decisions to develop or expand postsecondary education programs” by way of:
- “Describe[ing] current practices in using workforce information for degree program planning in Texas and elsewhere;
- Analyz[ing] options for using workforce information and recommend[ing] promising practices;
- Develop[ing] data tools, where feasible; and
- Apply[ing] these tools and describe findings” (p.3).
Using data resources already in existence, this report can help educators and policymakers achieve “at least three major purposes: (1) strategic review of program alignment at the state or institutional level; (2) a broader strategic scan of occupations and fields of study where new programs may be needed; and (3) institutional proposal development for the opening and closing of programs, and the subsequent review of these proposals by the state” (p.3).(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)