AlmaLaurea and the University of California Berkeley: Together for Research
An impressive amount of quality statistical documentation, the one collected over more of 20 years by the Inter-University Consortium AlmaLaurea since its birth in 1994. An essential documentation in order to study the quality of learning as well as its impact on the lives of Italian graduates. The two annual census-type surveys (hence considering 100% of graduates from 72 Italian universities, covering 95% of the system) take into analysis the profile and the employment conditions of Italian graduates 1, 3 and 5 years after the date of their graduation. A database which offers a very rich as well as informative picture thanks to the very high response rates which range between 86% of the profiles of graduates’ survey and 75% of the employment conditions’ one 5 years after graduation.
A significant documentation which – not by accident – has aroused the interest of a team of economists of the University of California, Berkeley, the university that has earned the fifth place in the 2014 university rankings published every year by the Guardian concerning economic disciplines.
The aforementioned research team is co-ordinated by Professor Jesse Rothstein, Associate in Public Policies and Economics at the Californian university and expert in the evaluation of education systems. The three-years’ survey entitled Value-added Measures of University Quality will be conducted by using an innovative computer server for statistical data processing called Economic’s Laboratory (EML), made available by the Department of Economics of the same American University.
The Research and Data Use Agreement was motivated by the objective of putting higher education at a glance in order to develop reliable methods of university system’s evaluation at the service of different stakeholders.
Among the most important research topics figures the following: the so-called “value-added” university systems’ evaluation methodologies, the analysis of the impact of graduates’ socio-economic background on their academic performance, the analysis of economic benefits produced by AlmaLaurea through the facilitation of the match between the demand and supply of graduates, the effect of labour market policies on the transition from university to work, the graduates’ study experiences as well as their placement on the world of work.
The website of the University of California, Berkeley
The Faculty profile of Professor Jesse Rothstein, Associate Professor of Public Policies and Economics