Harvard’s Strategic Data Project Launches 2021-2022 Cohort for Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Fellowship

August 18, 2021

Cambridge, MA (August 18, 2021)—The Strategic Data Project for Postsecondary Career and Technical Education (SDP-CTE), an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University, announces their second cohort of SDP-ECMCF fellows today. Following its inaugural year, the fellowship has taken on a growing number of fellows and institutions.

Funded for its second year in a row by a grant from ECMC Foundation, SDP-CTE has selected 24 data leaders at 13 postsecondary institutions with career and technical education programs (CTE) to take on critical questions related to student success for their organizations.

During the one-year fellowship SDP-ECMCF fellows identify and address challenges facing CTE programs, participating students, and entry into the workforce. With expert training and mentorship provided by Harvard faculty, their research projects will contribute crucial knowledge to pressing questions in the higher education sector.

In addition to rigorous skills assessments for prospective SDP-ECMCF fellows, SDP-CTE partner institutions are evaluated based on their commitment to using data and evidence to make informed decisions surrounding their programs and CTE policies.

“We are thrilled to welcome our newest cohort of fellows and are eager to see how these talented data analysts will advance scholarship in the postsecondary CTE space,” said SDP-CTE Director Adrienne Murphy. “We are lucky to have partnered with their home institutions, who have demonstrated their dedication to continuous improvement and the success of their students.”

To learn more about the Strategic Data Project for Postsecondary Career and Technical Education fellowship, visit sdp.cepr.harvard.edu/fellowship-cte.

To speak with Adrienne Murphy, or to inquire about the Strategic Data Project for Postsecondary Career and Technical Education fellowship, please contact Lindsay Blauvelt at lindsay_blauvelt@gse.harvard.edu.

About the Strategic Data Project: Harvard's Strategic Data Project (SDP) works with education agencies to find and train data leaders to uncover trends, measure solutions, and effectively communicate evidence to stakeholders. SDP’s network of system leaders, fellows, and faculty come together to share how to best use data to make a difference in the lives of students. SDP Fellows are driving data-informed change in over 145 school systems and organizations. Learn more at sdp.harvard.edu.

About the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University: The Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University seeks to transform education through quality research and evidence. CEPR and its partners believe all students will learn and thrive when education leaders make decisions using facts and findings, rather than untested assumptions. Learn more at cepr.harvard.edu.

About ECMC Foundation: ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation with a mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. Learn more about ECMC Foundation by visiting www.ecmcfoundation.org and ECMC Group by visiting www.ecmcgroup.org.