New Federal Statistical Data on Non-Degree Credentials

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How many adults in the United States have an industry-recognized certification? What fields are they certified in? How many adults with no formal college credential have earned an industry certification? Until January of 2014, the federal government did not have the data to answer these questions. The goal of the Interagency Working Group on Expanded […]

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Simplicity out of Complexity: Data Visualization

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The APDU Annual Conference kicked off with a breakout session focusing on visualizing and communicating data to the public. Considering that data is the new oil, given organizations’ high willingness to pay and need for data on themselves and consumers, it is important to keep the audience in mind when presenting data. As many time-constrained […]

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Future of Big Data and Federal Statistical Agencies

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If the APDU conference presentations are an indication, federal statistical agencies have ambitious plans for the improvement of their programs. Julia Lane of American Institutes of Research discussed new paradigms, analysis, and infrastructure involved in big data in the Keynote speech, titled Innovations in Public Data. In addition, Conference presenters from the Census Bureau and […]

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Data Science and Statistics

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Is Data Science a disruptive anomaly to traditional statisticians? Or, are they one and the same thing with Data Science simply an extension of traditional statistics? There are a number of articles highlighting the differences between them throughout the internet. There are also some credible arguments describing the need for more statisticians in the Data […]

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Senate Passes Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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On Wednesday, the Senate passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This act is a significant development in the nation’s workforce development system utilizing evidence-based strategies for this development. One portion of the bill that is of real significance is the Bill’s requirement to align and streamline the workforce-related education and training systems. States will […]

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Census Bureau Adds Two New Members to Census Scientific Advisory Committee

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The U.S. Census Bureau announced this week that two new members will join the Census Scientific Advisory Committee. Kenneth Simonson — the Associated General Contractors of America’s chief economist — and Jack Levis — the director of process management at United Parcel Service — will join other subject-matter experts in advising the Census Bureau director […]

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Breaking News: New Amendment Endangers 2020 Census

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APDU has just learned that Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has filed an amendment to the FY2015 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill (H.R. 4660), being considered now in the U.S. Senate, that would prohibit the Census Bureau from spending funds on the 2020 Census unless it includes questions regarding U.S. citizenship and immigration status. For […]

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