Data Collection, Mining, and Analysis; Higher Education/Community Colleges; Program Evaluation; Research Design
William Mabe, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation, is responsible for managing and conducting multi-year and multi-site program evaluations that involve the collection and analysis of original qualitative and quantitative data as well as the analysis of unit record administrative data. Mabe is currently leading the Center's research efforts in support of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Workforce Data Quality Initiative. Over the past 10 years, Mabe has conducted independent formative and summative evaluations of 20 different workforce development and education programs, including K-12 and higher education initiatives and occupational training programs targeting low-income job seekers. Mabe has used community college student unit record data to calculate the labor market outcomes of community college programs in New Jersey. He has also used student record data from New Jersey community colleges to conduct quasi-experimental evaluations of the effectiveness of various community college initiatives, including those designed to help students retain in college. Mabe earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. His research interests include program evaluation, statistical methodology, and political economy.