Advanced technology is touching every part of the world. Information is being tracked and decisions are increasingly being made based on that data―from informing patient treatment in hospitals to marketing to consumer behavior in stores. Similarly, community college and workforce systems are using data in new ways to drive decisions and demonstrate results for dollars invested by students and taxpayers.
How might colleges and workforce systems benefit from integrated data systems? This document outlines potential benefits distilled from interviews with those involved in the projects in Kansas, Massachusetts, and Missouri. An integrated set of technology systems on their own will not guarantee these results or performance improvements. Instead, it’s the foundational role that integrated data systems play that can lead to more informed, collective decision-making among stakeholders.