NEW YORK, September 9, 2021 – The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of International and Foreign Language Education, for a study on the employability and professional outcomes of Title VI National Resource Center graduates. Global Workforce Pathways will measure the impact of Title VI programs on developing a pool of language and area studies experts to support national needs by focusing on the outcomes of National Resource Center graduates and their placement in government, education, and the private sector. The project will highlight the skills and attributes program graduates develop, providing National Resource Centers with useful information about the various beneficiaries of their programming and serve as a foundation for future surveys on employability that demonstrate the ongoing impact of these programs.
This will be the first large-scale study of the skills and attributes that enable NRC graduates to gain employment and the potential outcomes of NRC graduates in their professional pathways. The findings will identify employability pathways and trends that will inform the broader conversation between U.S. higher education institutions and employers around the global competency skills graduates possess that translate to the workforce. In addition, the findings will augment the body of knowledge on global competency outcomes and employability for graduates of language and area studies programs. Finally, the study will provide evidence on the impact of Title VI NRCs and graduates available to support national needs in language and area studies. By engaging NRCs in the study, we hope to establish the foundation for a framework that will allow the Department of Education and the NRCs to better track program graduates in the future, and measure graduate employability and impact.