2013 Arkansas Education to Employment Report Released – Bachelor Degree Completion Up, Levels of Increase in Education Correlate With Higher Wages

The Arkansas Research Center, in collaboration with Hanover Research, releases new Arkansas Education to Employment report.

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While other states produce similar reports now, this is the first report that we know of that has employment outcomes at so many different levels of education, and it is clear that each level of increase in education is correlated with higher wages.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 13, 2014

The 2013 report provides a snapshot of Arkansas resident individuals’ employment outcomes in 2012, as well as one year, two years, and five years after attaining their highest level of education. Some key points that came out of the report:

  • The number of individuals completing bachelor’s degrees has increased, from 10,000 in 2007 to 14,000 in 2012.
  • Conversely, the number of individuals with less than a high school diploma has decreased – from 16,000 to 11,000 over the same five-year span.
  • “Technical certificates” and “post master’s certificates” exhibited the highest levels of employment, while “less than high school diplomas” exhibited the least.

Compared to the 2011 Arkansas Education to Employment Report, this version extends the analysis by including information regarding individuals who did not graduate from high school, high school graduates, GED certificate holders, individuals who attended college but did not earn a degree, and individuals who have earned a post-master’s certificate.

Says Dr. Neal Gibson, Director of the Arkansas Research Center: “While other states produce similar reports now, this is the first report that we know of that has employment outcomes at so many different levels of education, and it is clear that each level of increase in education is correlated with higher wages, even if a student didn’t complete a particular program.”

The full report can be accessed on the Arkansas Research Center website at https://arc.arkansas.gov/publications.

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About Hanover Research
Founded in 2003, Hanover Research is a global information services firm providing knowledge support to both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Within the field of education, Hanover Research works with a diverse group of K-12 districts, colleges and universities, state departments of education, and other education agencies and organizations, supporting their research and planning needs through data analysis, surveys, benchmarking, and other custom research. More information about Hanover Research can be found at http://www.hanoverresearch.com.

About ARC
The Arkansas Research Center (ARC) was founded in 2009 by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to the Arkansas Department of Education. ARC’s goal is to support students, teachers, and school administrators by using student longitudinal data to provide essential information. Research is ongoing and enables top-notch curriculum development and learning opportunities for educators within the state. ARC currently works with the Arkansas Departments of Human Services, Education, Higher Education, Career Education, and Workforce Services to be a hub of P-20W information for the state.


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