Predictors of Postsecondary Success: Understanding the Value of Workforce Data in Driving Student Success

Predictors of Postsecondary Success: Understanding the Value of Workforce Data in Driving Student Success
Predictors of Postsecondary Success: Understanding the Value of Workforce Data in Driving Student Success


As part of our series building on the brief, Predictors of Postsecondary Success, which summarizes research that identifies student skills, behaviors, and other characteristics that predict future academic and workplace success, this webinar provided an overview of workforce data and its utility. Presenters will discuss the opportunities and trends related to workforce data as well as the challenges and opportunities of building connection to education data. Presenters include Rachel Zinn, Director, Workforce Data Quality Campaign; Director of the Ohio Education Research Center; and Bill Hurwitch, Director, Statewide Longitudinal Data System, Maine Department of Education.

Presenters Included:

Dr. Josh Hawley, Director of the Ohio Education Research Center

Bill Hurwitch, Director, Statewide Longitudinal Data System, Maine Department of Education

Rachel Zinn, Director, Workforce Data Quality Campaign

Presenter Biographies

JoshHawley formattedJoshua Hawley is currently an Associate Professor in the John Glenn School at The Ohio State University. He is also Director of the Ohio Education Research Center, a collaboration of six Ohio universities and four research organizations aimed at bridging research, policy and practice around education in the State of Ohio, pre-school through workforce.  He is also Associate Director of the Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University. Joshua Hawley’s research is focused on workforce and education policy for state and national governments. He has published in a range of journals, including Economics of Education Review, Human Resource Development International, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, and Adult Education Quarterly. He served as a section editor for the International Handbook of Education for the Changing World of Work, edited by Rupert Maclean and David Wilson. 

Bill Hurwitch formattedBill Hurwitch serves as the director of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System for the Maine Department of Education. He has been working with the Department for eleven years managing the implementation of multiple data systems including the Maine Education Data Management System (MEDMS), the MEDMS Financial System, the Adult Education Management System and the Educator Credentialing System and has served as the project director for the 2007 SLDS and 2009 ARRA SLDS grants. Bill is a member of the Data Management Team and represents the Department of Education on the State Education and Employment Outcomes Task Force established by the Legislature in 2014. Prior to establishing e-Services Consulting, Inc. in 2001, an education technology management practice, he was the education industry principal for IBM Global Services in the Northeastern US. Bill holds a BA from Lafayette College and an MBA from Babson College.

Rachel zinn formattedRachel Zinn is Director of WDQC, leading efforts to refine and promote the Campaign’s policy agenda. She engages with national, state and local leaders to offer information on education and workforce data systems and how they can be used for improving human capital development. Before joining WDQC, Rachel spent five years as a Program Analyst in the Education and Labor Branches of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she provided policy analysis on postsecondary education and workforce development and organized multi-agency efforts to enhance data linkages. Earlier in her career, Rachel worked for the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, served as a CORO fellow on civic engagement in her native city of Cleveland, and was a reporter with The Blade daily newspaper in Toledo. Zinn holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Amherst College.

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Presenter Information

Dr. Josh Hawley


Ohio Education Research Center

305 W. 17th Ave.

PAES Building, Room 488

Columbus, Ohio 43210


Bill Hurwitch


Statewide Longitudinal Data System

Maine Department of Education

23 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0023


Rachel Zinn


Workforce Data Quality Campaign, National Skills Coalition

1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Suite 712

Washington, DC 20036



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