Private Higher Education and the Labor Market in China
Institutional Management Efforts & Initial Employment Outcomes
|State University of New York at Albany
|Daniel C. Levy
|Ph.D. in Educational Administration & Policy Studies
Private Higher Education and the Labor Market in China focuses on Chinese private higher education institutions and investigates their institutional management efforts in linking private higher education to the labor market. The dissertation firstly describes and analyzes how these mostly demand-absorbing institutions include elements aimed at meeting labor market demands in their mission statements, and how they improve student employability and bridge graduates and employers through job-oriented fields of study provision, educational delivery, career services, as well as networking and partnerships. It then examines graduate surveys on initial employment outcomes about employment status, starting salary, job and education match, and job satisfaction, while exploring the associations of these outcomes with managed institutional efforts. Finally, it builds a conceptual model with two dimensions that illustrates institutional variations in management efforts and initial graduate employment outcomes. This dissertation concludes that many of the demand-absorbing Chinese private higher education institutions have managed serious efforts in linking private higher education to the labor market and some of them are even semi-elite in their job-oriented institutional efforts and initial employment outcomes.
Yingxia Cao is a graduate of State University of New York at Albany (PhD), Xiamen University (MA), and Anhui Normal University (BA). She belongs to the Research Affiliate team of Ford-Foundation sponsored Program for Research on Private Higher Education (PROPHE) and worked for PROPHE during 2000-2005. She works now as the Director of Institutional Research at the University of La Verne, where she started as a Research Analyst in November 2005.