Students in Georgia now have an online tool from which they can learn more about potential educational options in the state. In early January 2017, Georgia's Governor's Office of Student Achievement released the Georgia Higher Learning and Earnings (GHLE) dashboard. The interactive tool allows users to see how much money graduates of Georgia’s universities and technical colleges are earning one and five years after graduation. Users can view this information by institution, degree type, or major.
The state also released a companion report, Georgia Higher Learning and Earnings, analyzing graduates earnings information. The report found that wages tend to increase as students achieve higher levels of education – although earnings can vary significantly between programs of study and institutions.
The GHLE dashboard and companion report are populated with data from GA AWARDS, Georgia’s P20-W longitudinal data system. GA AWARDS contains data from the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Independent College Association, the National Student Clearinghouse, the Georgia Department of Labor, and the Georgia Student Finance Commission. You can learn more about GA AWARDS and Georgia’s data infrastructure by visiting Georgia’s state page.
WDQC applauds Georgia for making more information about education and training options available to students and their parents. Our staff is available to provide assistance to other states looking to create data tools.