The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS) recently released the 2018 economic security report of employment and earnings outcomes for degrees and certificates at state-supported institutions of higher education.


Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) sponsored SB211 (Act 852) that tasks ADWS with producing the annual “economic security” reports, according to a news release.


The report uses data available to ADWS and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to provide average first-year earnings and employment rates for graduates of the certificate and degree programs at each site.


Since 2016, public school students in grades 7-12 have received a two-page summary and enrolled college students receive a more detailed report.


The new law calls for the reports to be “easily accessible and readable by the public.” In addition to the report, two- and four-year state-supported institutions of higher education must also provide students with the top 25 percent of certifications and degree programs in terms of the highest full-time job placement and highest average annual earnings; and the bottom 10 percent of certificates and degree programs in terms of the lowest full-time job placement and lowest average annual earnings.


“The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services is proud to be part of producing the annual economic security report,” ADWS Director Daryl E. Bassett said. “It is an educational tool filled with quality information and reliable data. We believe this report is a great resource that enables students to make knowledgeable career decisions.”


The report and two-page summary is available at: https://www.dws.arkansas.gov/news-info/dws-pub/