Tennessee Board of Regents is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development to launch a new employment data dashboard – Clarksville Online


Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – TBR – The College System of Tennessee has launched a new interactive online data dashboard to help its community and colleges learn more about graduate employment and earnings after college.

The Careers Start Here dashboard tracks aggregate employment outcomes for graduates of Tennessee's community colleges and Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) over the past decade. This tool allows colleges to examine three primary employment outcomes: Tennessee employment rates, average annual wages, and employment industry.

The new data tool is made possible through a partnership between the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). The partnership enables regular data sharing between agencies to improve academic programs and workforce development efforts.

“This new partnership provides TBR and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development the opportunity to share data that can provide deeper insights into program direction and work outcomes,” said TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings. “The dashboard we created has already provided new insights into employment outcomes for TBR students at the program and college levels. We are grateful to Commissioner Thomas and her team for working so closely with us on this endeavor.”

The new feature was introduced and unveiled at the Tennessee Board of Regents' quarterly meeting last week.

“This dashboard will be a critical tool, not only for state government, but for any organization planning for its future workforce needs,” said TDLWD Commissioner Deniece Thomas. “Our partnership with TBR has created a central location that brings together timely and useful information that will lead to more informed decisions about tomorrow’s workforce.”

The interactive tool allows universities to compare employment outcomes by university, major or student characteristics. It also allows colleges to compare the outcomes of graduates with those of students who enrolled but did not graduate. No personal data is used.

For example

  • Five years after college, 76% of community college graduates and 73% of TCAT graduates were employed in Tennessee, compared to 68% of students who enrolled in TBR colleges but did not earn a postsecondary degree.
  • Graduates received significantly higher wages than non-graduates. Five years after college, graduates earned an average of $45,265 per year, which was more than $14,000 more than students who enrolled but did not graduate.
  • Almost a third of the employed graduates of TBR universities work in the healthcare sector. Five years after graduating from college, 33% of working community college graduates and 27% of working TCAT graduates were employed in healthcare.

“These insights have not previously been possible without the tools we have been able to develop as a result of this bilateral agreement between our two agencies,” said Dr. Amy Moreland, TBR's associate vice-chancellor for policy and strategy, who helped develop the dashboard. “We hope our colleges will be able to strengthen the alignment between our programs and workforce needs by using this tool alongside others to help students get a degree and a career.”

The dashboard and associated data tools are updated quarterly with new information and are accessible via the Employment Results and Earnings tab on the comprehensive TBR data dashboard on the TBR website.

TBR plans to continue refining the data tool to make it even more useful for students, parents and school counselors in their college and career planning.


About the Tennessee College System

The College System of Tennessee is the state's largest public higher education system with 13 community colleges, 24 applied technology colleges and the online TN eCampus, serving approximately 140,000 students.

The system is administered by the Tennessee Board of Regents.