As one of two states to receive millions of additional funds for data integration, the progress of Missouri’s MoSTEMWINs data initiatives is something the nation is watching closely. Here’s where the projects currently stand.
Upon completion of this project, Missouri’s community colleges will be able to track wage data for the first time ever for students in non-credit workforce development programs. After months of development and feedback gathering, the project is almost ready to enter its third and final phase.
Phase three is when developers will open up public access to the performance measures, make improvements to the reporting tools available to the colleges, tweak the user experience, and take one last look at the data collected and presented to ensure it aligns with the objectives of the project. At this point, as part of the project, we will also begin publishing regular reports for the colleges using the data collected.
MoSTEMWINs Participant Tracking
The participant tracking system for MoSTEMWINs is up and fully functional, and the grant has already met its goal for participant enrollment. With roughly nine months left to go before courses close, grant programs have enrolled 1,935 participants, surpassing its goal of 1853. Along with tracking the performance of grant participants, the grant will also use data from non-grant participants to evaluate comparison performance. Colleges have started submitting data on this comparison co-hort, but we will have to wait for the third party evaluator’s final report to see how the two groups measure up.
Credit for Prior Learning Crosswalk Matrix to National Standards Database
The Credit for Prior Learning crosswalk for MoSTEMWINs CTE programs is well-underway. In April, several colleges presented their policies to the rest of the consortium, and CAEL, the contractor managing the Credit for Prior Learning project, helped walk colleges through any questions or technical assistance needs they are experiencing in implementing their respective crosswalks. CAEL also provided a national representative from ACE, who spent half a day reviewing tips when crosswalking military credits to programs of study. Some sixty-five college faculty, registrars, grant leads, and instructional designers attended this day and half professional development.