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Announcing C4EO – A response to the employability mandate


Sep 05, 2014

New job-driven curriculum alignment center from TSTC created to maximize the employability of students and enhance regional economic development Texas State Technical College announces the launch of the Center for Employability Outcomes (C4EO). This new applied research center uses a common skills language to link education and industry. For decades, industry leaders have discussed skills […]

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What Degrees Pay


Sep 10, 2013

What Degrees Pay explores first year starting salaries on average for Texas public higher education institutions. Explore earnings by institution, award level, and year. Select a program to see benchmark comparisons among colleges. Data is based on earnings information published by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Understanding Data Limitations This tool is based on available public […]

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Higher Ed Earnings Comparison Tool


Jan 28, 2013

Powered by Tableau The data visualizations above are based on publicly available data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) reporting first year earnings and placement rates for public higher education institutions in Texas. This data is derived from UI Wage record data from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and exiter data provided to […]

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems


Sep 30, 2012

The unmanned aircraft industry is on the verge of a significant expansion. Current job demand in this sector is quite limited in Texas today, but the industry is poised to take off during the next three years as the Federal Aviation Administration continues to roll out new rules. This brief provides instructional leaders with focused insights into this emerging and evolving sector through interviews with industry experts, online searches of training activities, and analysis of employment demand data.

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DataViz: Earnings & Placement Higher Ed Outcomes

Sep 14, 2012 Comments Off on DataViz: Earnings & Placement Higher Ed Outcomes

First year student outcome measures by earnings and placement based on publicly available data from the THECB and TWC for 2009, 2010, and 2011.

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Welcome to TSTC Forecasting DataViz

Sep 14, 2012 Comments Off on Welcome to TSTC Forecasting DataViz

Welcome to the new Data Visualization blog at TSTC Forecasting. The purpose of this blog is to share new work we are doing in data visualization and business analytics related to higher education performance and forecasting assessments. Some of the things we plan to touch on include data visualizations on performance outcomes (such as our […]

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Mobile Application Development

Aug 22, 2011 Comments Off on Mobile Application Development

The market for mobile software applications is exploding due to the rapid rise of smartphones and tablets. The popularity of these new products creates an acute demand for development talent but there are few college programs that provide opportunities for learners to develop these new competencies. This forecast offers seven recommendations for colleges interested in expanding training opportunities in mobile app development.

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Cloud Computing

Nov 24, 2010 Comments Off on Cloud Computing

Cloud computing refers to the increasingly common practice of using virtualization to deliver scalable information computer services. The popularity of this business practice is generating new demand for technical competencies across a number of existing occupations. College IT programs should update curriculum modules to prepare students for administering cloud services in datacenter operations as well as software development within virtualized environments.

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Usability Analysis & Evaluation

Jul 01, 2008 Comments Off on Usability Analysis & Evaluation

An increasing number of non-accredited certification programs offered by industry firms suggests a growing demand for usability evaluation skills. While some specialized advanced degrees exist within formal academic programs such as Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) within computer science, human factors within psychology and physiology and, to some degree, information architecture within library sciences, there are limited […]

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Ethanol: Implications & Expectations

May 01, 2008 Comments Off on Ethanol: Implications & Expectations

Ethanol is grain alcohol and is the same substance as is found in alcoholic beverages. When used as automotive fuel it is denatured, usually by adding 5% gasoline, to make it undrinkable. Most current ethanol production is corn-based but ethanol can also be made from other grains, sugar, and starchy vegetables such as potatoes.

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