Spring 2005 Course Description

Policy Research Project

Section Title: Labor Market and Post Secondary Pattern of Central Texas Students
Instructor(s): Christopher King
Course: P A 882B - Policy Research Project
Unique Number: 62665
Day & Time: Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.103
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Description: U.S. labor markets have undergone dramatic change in recent decades. Globalization, technological innovation, the ongoing reorganization of work, and other key forces have created a ?skills premium? for well educated and trained workers. Despite the downturn and prolonged recovery from the 2000-2001 recession, these forces are evident in the Central Texas labor market as well.

The Ray Marshall Center of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Capital Area Training Foundation (See Note), an internationally acclaimed labor market intermediary that is part of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, are collaborating on a series of efforts to document and address the needs of one large segment of the Central Texas labor market, high school students. At present, we know little about the labor market and postsecondary education and training experiences of area students, whether dropouts or graduates. Educational leaders and employers in leading sectors of the economy are interested in developing mechanisms for consistently documenting these outcomes and experiences, as well as designing better ways of addressing their needs.

?This PRP will research labor market trends and postsecondary education patterns for area high school students, examine ongoing efforts to document student outcomes and experiences of students in leading states and communities, and develop recommended mechanisms for use in Central Texas. Students will interview state and local policymakers, education and workforce administrators, employers, and researchers and review and synthesize research and policy documents. Some travel is anticipated to Boston, Tallahassee, Washington, D.C. and other cities. Guest speakers will include policymakers, administrators, researchers, and business and education leaders.

The PRP will culminate in a final report to and briefing for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce in May 2005 with major findings and recommendations.

Faculty:??Dr. Christopher King, Director, and Deanna Schexnayder, Associate Director, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin; and John Fitzpatrick, Director, Capital Area Training Foundation and Vice-President for Workforce Development, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

Note: CATF grew out of a PRP conducted by then-LBJ School Professors Ken Tolo and Bob Glover (also of the Ray Marshall Center), Bridging the Gap: Implementing School-to-Work Transition in Austin, Texas, Policy Research Project Report No. 103, 1993.

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